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Prevalence and correlates of three types of pelvic pain in a nationally representative sample of Australian women

David Vivian and Adele Barnard
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (1): 47-48.
Published online: 5 January 2009

To the Editor: We read the recent article by Pitts and colleagues1 with interest, given the rising trend of diagnosed chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in Australian women. The article identified three types of CPP, but did not differentiate pain into the two major categories of nociceptive (visceral and somatic) and neuropathic. In pain management settings it is considered essential, where possible, to make this differentiation, as it significantly alters management strategies, particularly in relation to medication. While the true incidence of neuropathic pain is unknown, it is believed to be underdiagnosed and inadequately treated. A 2008 French study based on a nationwide postal survey revealed a 6.9% prevalence of neuropathic pain in the general population, with 5.1% of respondents reporting pain levels as moderate to severe.2

  • David Vivian
  • Adele Barnard

  • Metro Spinal Clinic, Melbourne, VIC.


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