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2022 Nov 27

Diagnostics (Basel)



Pulsed Radiofrequency Ablation for Orchialgia-A Literature Review.


Alzahrani MA, Safar O, Almurayyi M, Alahmadi A, Alahmadi AM, Aljohani M, Almhmd AE, Almujel K N, Alyousef B, Bashraheel H, Badriq F, Almujaydil A
Diagnostics (Basel). 2022 Nov 27; 12(12).
PMID: 36552972.


Pulsed radiofrequency, short bursts of radiofrequency energy, has been used by pain practitioners as a non- or minimally neurodestructive technique, an alternative to radiofrequency heat lesions. The clinical advantages and mechanisms of this treatment remain unclear. To review the current clinical implication of the pulsed radiofrequency technique for male patients with chronic scrotal pain. We systematically searched the English literature available at the EMBASE, MEDLINE/PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane Library from inception to 22 November 2022. Only reports on a pulsed radiofrequency application on male patients with chronic scrotal pain were included. The final analysis yielded six reports on the clinical use of pulsed radiofrequency applications in male patients with chronic scrotal pain: six full publications, three case reports, one case series, one prospective uncontrolled pilot study, and one prospective randomized, controlled clinical trial. The accumulation of these data shows that using pulsed radiofrequency generates an increasing interest in pain physicians, radiologists, and urologists for managing chronic scrotal pain. No side effects related to the pulsed radiofrequency technique were reported to date. Further research on the clinical and biological effects is justified. Large sample sizes and randomized clinical trials are warranted.