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Pudendal pain syndrome 

Pudendal pain syndrome
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Pudendal pain syndrome
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Andrew Paul Baranowski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199579624.003.0015
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date: 05 June 2020

Chapter 15 discusses pudendal pain syndrome, which classifies conditions associated with pain perceived within the pelvis and its adjacent areas, and that it is complex and controversial. Pain associated with peripheral nerve injury is well described and many of the mechanisms are clearly understood. When an obvious injury involves the pudendal nerve and is associated with pain then the diagnosis of pudendal neuralgia may be made. Following nerve injury, secondary changes within the central nervous system may occur and as a result areas beyond the classical areas associated with the pudendal nerve may be symptomatic and this may confuse the diagnosis. The term ‘pudendal pain syndrome’ is used when there is no obvious injury/disease process to account for the pain.

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