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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Urology
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Infections and Chronic Pelvic Pain

The Department of Urology has a longstanding history in research and education of the diagnosis and management of chronic urologic pain disorders and infectious diseases including bacterial cystitis, interstitial cystitis, and prostatitis. Conditions we treat within this category include:

  • Bacterial cystitis
  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Prostatitis
  • Urinary tract infections


Our research aims to develop new innovations to provide optimal, state-of-the-art assessment and care for patients with chronic urologic pain disorders and infections. Current studies focus on mechanisms of bladder inflammation and pelvic pain in men and women, including the  National Institutes of Health Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) which aims to better understand the underlying causes of the two most prominent chronic urological pain disorders–interstitial cystitis/ bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).

Selected Publications

Braundmeier-Fleming A, Russell NT, Yang W, Nas MY, Yaggie RE, Berry M, Bachrach L, Flury SC, Marko DS, Bushell CB, Welge ME, White BA, Schaeffer AJ, Klumpp DJ. Stool-based biomarkers of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. Scientific Reports, May 2016.

Bowen DK, Dielubanza E, Schaeffer AJ. Chronic bacterial prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. BMJ Clinical Evidence, August 2015.

Schaeffer AJ. Does Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome have an Infectious Etiology? Journal of Urology, July 2015.

 Patient Care

The urologists at Northwestern offer comprehensive urologic care focusing primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of urologic disorders, including urinary tract infections. Patients are evaluated and managed with emphasis on an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. All of the team members are recognized leaders in their field of expertise, and all potential therapeutic options are considered and discussed with each patient, including observation (no active treatment), medications and behavioral modifications.

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