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Pudendal Neuralgia


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Overview

What is pudendal neuralgia?

What treatments are available for pudendal neuralgia?

What is pudendal neuralgia?

Pudendal neuralgia occurs when the pudendal nerve is injured or compressed.  Symptoms include pain, burning, tingling, or numbness in the pelvic or buttock areas; symptoms worsen while an affected individual is in a sitting position.  The cause of pudendal neuralgia is unknown.  Treatment includes nerve block of the pudendal nerve or surgery to remove surrounding tissues that might be pressing on the nerve.[1][2]
Last updated: 12/17/2012

What treatments are available for pudendal neuralgia?

There are no established guidelines for the treatment of pudendal neuralgia.  Treatment may include medications, the use of a specialized cushion while sitting, nerve block, surgery to remove nearby tissues that may be pressing on the pudendal nerve, or nerve stimulation.[2]
Last updated: 12/17/2012

References
  1. Chiarioni G, Asteria C, Whitehead WE. Chronic proctalgia and chronic pelvic pain syndromes: new etiologic insights and treatment options. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011; 17:4447-4455. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22110274. Accessed 12/14/2012.
  2. Benson JT, Griffis K. Pudendal neuralgia, a severe pain syndrome. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2005; 192:1663-1668. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15902174. Accessed 12/14/2012.


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