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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2014 Apr;37(2):476-81. doi: 10.1007/s00270-013-0679-y. Epub 2013 Aug 21.

CT-guided percutaneous pulse-dose radiofrequency for pudendal neuralgia.

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Department of Diagnostic and Molecular Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Therapy, University of Rome - Tor Vergata, Viale Oxford 81, 00133, Rome, Italy,



The purpose of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous pulse-dose radiofrequency (PDRF) for the treatment of chronic pain in patients with pudendal neuralgia (PN) unresponsive to conservative approaches.


From March 2010 to January 2012, 30 patients with a diagnosis of PN were prospectively enrolled in the study, 18 women and 12 men (mean age 47 years). A 20-gauge cannula with a 10-cm length was placed under CT guide in the pudendal (Alcock's) canal. After the spindle was removed, a radiofrequency needle with a 5-mm active tip was introduced. The appropriate needle placement near the pudendal nerve, without an involvement of the vessels, was confirmed with an injection of 1-2 ml of contrast agent. PDRF was performed with 1,200 pulses at high voltage (45 V) with 20 ms duration followed by 480 ms silent phases.


Twenty-six patients completed the study. Procedural success was achieved in all patients. Mean VAS scores before PDRF was 9 ± 0.7. Patients had a great improvement in pain intensity after 1 week by PDRF (mean VAS scores 3.8 ± 1.7, p < 0.05), with a stabilization of the symptomatology in the following months (mean VAS scores 1.5 ± 1.1 at 6 months by PDRF, p < 0.05) and excellent results after 1 year by the procedure (mean VAS scores 1.9 ± 0.7, p < 0.05).


In our preliminary experience, CT-guided percutaneous PDRF should be recommended for treatment of PN because we evaluated the tolerability of this procedure with satisfactory and encouraging results.

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