Urine Test Developed To Diagnose Interstitial Cystitis

Sonia L. Planey, PhD, and her team at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, have developed a urine test that can diagnose Interstitial Cystitis.   According to the Interstitial Cystitis Association:

The new, patent-pending test detects the presence of antiproliferative factor (APF), the urinary marker unique to IC.

This test will be a wonderful asset to patients because, if this test works as it is supposed to, a cystocopy will no longer be necessary to diagnose IC Disease.  The test is supposed to confirm an IC diagnosis in about 30 minutes. 

For more information on this test and the research and researchers, please click the link below.

The Commonwealth Medical College Awaits Approval of Breakthrough Medical Patent

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  1. Sandy,

    This is AWESOME! I went 12 years undiagnosed. It wasn’t until my 4th cystoscopy that I was properly diagnosed with IC. Since diagnosis, I have had DRAMATIC improvement in my IC symptoms, thanks to proper treatment. The doctor who did the 4th one was different than the 2 doctors who did the first 3 cystoscopies. I had debilitating symptoms: pain, frequency, and urgency. I had hit the trifecta. A 10 minute drive to the doctor during a severe flare-up resulted in tears streaming down my face from the bladder pain. If this test can help others to avoid going through the misery I did, that is beyond wonderful! Thanks for posting this. I hadn’t heard it!


  2. This is good news and very useful for diagnosing urine tests. Thanks for the info.

  3. Vicki Holmes says:

    Please tell me how to get this test in Las Vegas, NV

  4. Hi Vicki, The test is not available yet.

  5. Hello,

    This is great to hear. This helps me with the case of my grandmother in diagnosing urine tests. Is this available in Mexico already?

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