Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Interstitial Cystitis(IC)/Painful Bladder (PBS) Risk by 3.7 times

Study of 2940 Obstructive sleep apnea subjects over 3 years found a 3.7 times risk of having IC/PBS.

Neurourol Urodyn. 2013 Mar 28.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases the Risk of Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis: A Population-Based Matched-Cohort Study.
Chung SD, Lin CC, Liu SP, Lin HC.  abstract here

  • 2940 OSA cases and 29400 controls
  • adjusted for diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, obesity, hyperlipidemia, chronic pelvic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, panic disorder, migraines, sicca syndrome, allergies, endometriosis, asthma, tobacco use disorder, and alcohol abuse
  • Hazard ratio 3.71 times risk;  p= 0.001
  • “clinical practitioners treating subjects with OSA [should]be alert to urinary complaints in this population.

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