Penny Allen


Marijuana use prevalent among chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome patients

September 01, 2012

With marijuana legalized for medical use in Canada since 2001 and now in 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, urology patients in pain have been turning to marijuana for relief.

Interstitial cystitis prevalence in men higher than previously thought

September 01, 2012

Nearly as many American men as women may suffer from interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) symptoms. And more men may have IC/BPS symptoms than have chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) symptoms, new data suggest.

Peptidergic bladder afferent nerves implicated in interstitial cystitis pain

August 01, 2012

Neurotrophic factors that appear in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) patients' urine and disappear with onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) treatment point to peptidergic primary bladder afferent nerves as the root of patients' pain and other symptoms.

Pelvic floor hypertonicity observed in interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome patients

August 01, 2012

For years, some urologists and physical therapists have been saying that the pelvic floor is contracted and shortened because of hypertonicity in patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS), contributing to their misery. Now, using magnetic resonance imaging measurements, researchers have some physical confirmation that these patients do indeed have a contracted pelvic floor.