Pudendal nerve entrapment (PNE), also known as Alcock canal syndrome, is an uncommon source of chronic pain, in which the pudendal nerve (located in the pelvis) is entrapped or compressed. Pain is positional and is worsened by sitting. Other symptoms include genital numbness, fecal incontinence and urinary incontinence.
The term pudendal neuralgia (PN) is used interchangeably with "pudendal nerve entrapment", but a 2009 review study found both that "prevalence of PN is unknown and it seems to be a rare event" and that "there is no evidence to support equating the presence of this syndrome with a diagnosis of pudendal nerve entrapment," meaning that it is possible to have all the symptoms of pudendal nerve entrapment (otherwise known as pudendal neuralgia) based on the criteria specified at Nantes in 2006, without having an entrapped pudendal nerve.
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... The validity of decompression surgery as a treatment and the existence of entrapment as a cause of pelvic pain are highly controversial ... expert centers in Europe have found no cases of PNE and that surgical success is rare Pudendal nerve neuropathy is likely to be a probable diagnosis if the pain is ... relief following decompression of the nerve in Alcock’s canal and is rarely achieved ...
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