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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 Staff Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofOctober 6, 2017
Current as of:
October 6, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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