Local anesthetic and steroidal prostatic injection for chronic pelvic pain syndrome: an effective last resort?
Author(s): Koo VS, O'brien A
Affiliation(s): Department of Urology, Craigavon Area Hospital, Portadown, Northern Ireland, UK. email@example.com
Publication date & source: 2011-02, Clin J Pain., 27(2):166-8.
Publication type: Case Reports
OBJECTIVE: the chronic pelvic pain syndrome is a severely debilitating and protracted condition for patients and a challenging condition for clinicians to treat. We report our experience with an adjunctive treatment in four patients using peri- and intra-prostatic injection of Levobupivicaine and Methylprednisolone combination via a transperineal approach under general anaesthesia. METHODS: a retrospective observational report. RESULTS: all patients had found little or no relief of their perineal/pelvic pain with the use of antimicrobials, alpha blockers, anti-inflammatories, anticholinergics, Elmiron or with TURP. In all cases, the use of prostatic injection treatment has resulted in a complete eradication of perineal pain and significant improvement to quality of life for at least a period of time. DISCUSSION: we suggest prostatic injection treatment as a last resort therapy in relieving pain. Our report provides a basis for a larger randomised controlled study with longer term follow-up to evaluate its efficacy and durability.