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What is pudendal neuralgia?
Pudendal neuralgia is a rare problem with the pudendal nerve that
can affect both men and women. The pudendal nerve runs through your pelvic
region, including your genitals,
urethra, anus, and
perineum. Your perineum is the area between your anus
and genitals. The condition is also known as pudendal neuropathy, pudendal
nerve entrapment, cyclist's syndrome, pudendal canal syndrome, or Alcock's
Pudendal neuralgia can cause pain, especially when you sit. Men
with pudendal neuralgia may have pain in the buttocks,
scrotum, penis, and perineum. Women with pudendal
neuralgia may have pain in their buttocks,
vulva, urethra, and perineum.
For more information, talk to your doctor.
Other Works Consulted
Benson JT, Griffis K (2005). Pudendal neuralgia, a
severe pain syndrome. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 192(5): 1663–1668.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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