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Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1988 Feb;95(2):153-61.

Clinical features of women with chronic lower abdominal pain and pelvic congestion.

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St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London.


The clinical features of 35 women with pelvic pain and demonstrable congestion on pelvic venography have been characterized by comparing their symptoms and signs with those of 22 women with pelvic pain due to classical pathology. Women with pelvic pain and congestion had a mean age of 32.4 years, were more often multiparous and had had symptoms for 6 months to 20 years. The pain was dull and aching with sharp exacerbations. In individual women it commonly occurred on one side of the abdomen but unlike the pain due to 'classical pathology', it could occur on the other side. The pain was exacerbated by postural changes, and walking. Congestive dysmenorrhoea, deep dyspareunia and postcoital ache were common findings in women with pelvic congestion and 60% had evidence of significant emotional disturbance. The combination of tenderness on abdominal palpation over the ovarian point and a history of postcoital ache was 94% sensitive and 77% specific for discriminating pelvic congestion from other causes of pelvic pain.

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