Sacral neuromodulation in the treatment of vulvar vestibulitis syndrome

Laura B. Ramsay, Johnnie Wright, John R. Fischer

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vulvar vestibular syndrome is a chronic pain syndrome that typically results in pain and irritation of the vulvar vestibule and has few effective options for treatment. CASE: A 42-year-old woman presented with symptoms consistent with chronic vulvar vestibular syndrome that was refractory to multiple attempted therapies. The patient was offered sacral neuromodulation for treatment. She underwent a standard two-phase surgical implantation with good result at 2 years postimplantation. CONCLUSION: Sacral neuromodulation was shown to be a valid treatment option for this patient and resulted in excellent patient satisfaction at 2-year follow-up. Although the exact mechanism of action is unknown, sacral neuromodulation may be a viable option for the management of chronic pain syndromes of the vulva and vagina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-489
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Volume114
Issue number2 PART 2 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

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