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Archives of gynecology

, Volume 237, Issue 3, pp 165-168

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Psychological profile of women with chronic pelvic pain

  • G. MagniAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Padua, School of Medicine
  • , C. AndreoliAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Turin, School of Medicine, Vercelli Center
  • , D. de LeoAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Padua, School of Medicine
  • , G. MartinottiAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Turin, School of Medicine, Vercelli Center
  • , C. RossiAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Turin, School of Medicine, Vercelli Center

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Summary

Using the Middlesex Hospital Questionnaire (MHQ) and the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) psychological distress was measured in 30 women who underwent laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain and in 30 matched controls. Both organic pelvic pain patients (OPPs) and idiopathic pelvic pain patients (IPPs) reported higher scores for somatisation than controls. IPPs scored higher than OPPs and controls on the Zung SDS, while no difference emerged in this scale between OPPs and controls. No correlations were found between age or duration of symptoms and somatisation and depression scores. On the basis of the above reported results the authors suggest that some forms of idiopathic chronic pelvic pain might represent an expression of a depressive disorder.

Key words

Middlesex Hospital Questionnaire Zung SDS Chronic pelvic pain Organic Idiopathic Depression