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Assessment and management of vulval pain

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1723 (Published 28 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1723

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Re: Assessment and management of vulval pain

The review article by David Nunns and Ruth Murphy (BMJ 2012;344:e1723) does not mention the significance of a history of lumbar-plexus neuropraxia following a lower limb hyper-extension injury or a "weak leg" during the third trimester of pregnancy, as a cause of vulval allodynia. I reported on four patients with this condition (The Pain 1987 vol.1 no.4). These patients had a comparatively cool lower limb with a reduction in flexion power and a history of limb fatigue in association with allodynia in the territory of the Genito-femoral nerve. History and physical findings indicated a Sympathetic Dependent Pain Syndrome, and they were relieved by lumbar sympathetic block.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 April 2012
mark d churcher
anaesthetist
retired
Lower Barn, Coarsewell, ugborough PL21 ohp