Interstitial cystitis (IC), also called painful bladder syndrome (PBS), or chronic pelvic pain syndrome(CPPS) is a common condition with no known cause or cure. Twin studies and family accounts have suggested that the condition may be genetic or passed down (inherited) from one generation to another.
In this study, we are collecting genetic material and medical information from families in North America in an attempt to identify genetic factors that may cause IC/PBS/CPPS. We are enrolling families and individuals with IC/PBS/CPPS and their family members (both family members with and without IC like symptoms).
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
We will collect and store DNA (via saliva) and urine on all participants.
| Estimated Enrollment:
| Actual Study Start Date:
||January 15, 2006
| Estimated Study Completion Date:
||December 31, 2021
| Estimated Primary Completion Date:
||December 31, 2020 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
To fully describe the phenotype of interstitial cystitis (IC)/painful bladder syndrome (PBS)/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS), in adults and children, and to correlate the phenotypic information to the genotypic findings utilizing linkage analysis, whole exome sequencing and candidate gene studies. Both individuals and families with IC/PBS/CPPS symptoms will be recruited to give a DNA (from saliva) and urine samples and answer 2 questionnaires. Travel to Boston NOT necessary.