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2024 Jun 21

Tech Coloproctol




Evaluation and management of chronic anorectal and pelvic pain syndromes: Italian Society of Colorectal Surgery (SICCR) position statement.


Menconi C, Marino F, Bottini C, La Greca G, Gozzo C, Losacco L, Carlucci D, Navarra L, Martellucci J


Chronic pelvic pain is a hidden issue which needs to involve many different usually uncoordinated specialists. For this reason there is a risk that treatments, in the absence of well-defined pathways, common goals, and terminology, may be poorly effective. The aim of the present paper is to summarize the evidence on anorectal pelvic pain, offering useful evidence-based practice parameters for colorectal surgeons’ daily activity. Analysis of chronic anorectal and pelvic pain syndromes, the diagnostic and clinical optimal needs for evaluation, and the innumerable low evidence treatments and therapeutic options currently available suggests that a multimodal individualized management of pain may be the most promising approach. The limited availability of dedicated centers still negatively affects the applicability of these principles.