Spinal cord stimulator for the treatment of a woman with vulvovaginal burning and deep pelvic pain

Anjana R. Nair, Allan Klapper, Vadim Kushnerik, Ilan Margulis, Giuseppe Del Priore

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vulvodynia is a chronic pain disorder of the vulva that occurs in the absence of visible infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, or neurological findings. Multiple treatment modalities are used, often with insufficient results. We report the successful use of a spinal cord stimulator to treat vulvodynia symptoms in a patient who had unsuccessful prior conservative therapies. CASE: A postmenopausal woman presented with 15 years of treatment for vulvar and vaginal burning and deep pelvic pain. She had been taking multiple pain medications with inadequate relief. After successful test stimulation, a permanent spinal cord stimulator was implanted. At 10 months posttreatment, her pain improved by 80%, and the patient no longer requires oral medication. CONCLUSION: The use of spinal cord stimulation was successful in a patient with vulvodynia and unsuccessful multiple prior therapies and whose symptoms were diffuse in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-547
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume111
Issue number2 PART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Vulvodynia
Pelvic Pain
Spinal Cord
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Pain
Somatoform Disorders
Vulva
Chronic Pain
Therapeutics

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Spinal cord stimulator for the treatment of a woman with vulvovaginal burning and deep pelvic pain. / Nair, Anjana R.; Klapper, Allan; Kushnerik, Vadim; Margulis, Ilan; Del Priore, Giuseppe.

In: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 111, No. 2 PART 2, 02.2008, p. 545-547.

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Nair, Anjana R. ; Klapper, Allan ; Kushnerik, Vadim ; Margulis, Ilan ; Del Priore, Giuseppe. / Spinal cord stimulator for the treatment of a woman with vulvovaginal burning and deep pelvic pain. In: Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2008 ; Vol. 111, No. 2 PART 2. pp. 545-547.
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