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Imaging of chronic male pelvic pain: what the abdominal imager should know

Abstract

Chronic pelvic pain is an important but underrecognized cause of morbidity in men. While there is abundant literature discussing female pelvic pain and the diagnostic role of imaging, much less attention has been given to imaging of non-gynecologic causes of chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain in men can be a challenge to diagnose as pain may arise from visceral, musculoskeletal, or neurovascular pathology. Imaging of the pelvic viscera has been covered in detail elsewhere in this edition and therefore will not be reviewed here. We will focus upon topics less familiar to the abdominal radiologist, including imaging of pelvic floor, musculoskeletal, and neurovascular pathology.

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Rotman, J.A., Kierans, A.S., Lo, G. et al. Imaging of chronic male pelvic pain: what the abdominal imager should know. Abdom Radiol 45, 1961–1972 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00261-019-02353-0

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Keywords

  • Pelvis
  • MRI
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Hernia