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Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Feb;121(2 Pt 2 Suppl 1):495-8. doi: http://10.1097/AOG.0b013e31827c60f8.

Peripheral subcutaneous vulvar stimulation in the management of severe and refractory vulvodynia.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Valencia University Medical School, Valencia, Spain.



Vulvodynia is a complex and multifactorial clinical condition with severe pain that occurs in the absence of visible infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, or neurological findings.


A 35-year-old woman with 3 years of dysesthetic vulvodynia tried conventional and interventional medical treatment with inadequate relief. She was offered peripheral subcutaneous vulvar field stimulation and underwent implantation of two vulvar subcutaneous electrodes. At 15 days after treatment and during 1-year follow-up, the patient scored 1 out of 15 on Friedrich scale, 1 out of 10 on the visual analog scale, and 1 out of 10 on the tampon test. The patient no longer requires oral medication.


Stimulation with subcutaneous electrodes provided relief from vulvodynia to a patient in whom all previous therapeutic approaches had failed.

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