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Proctalgia Fugax

A Real Pain in the Ass
  • W. Grant Thompson


This patient was greatly relieved to learn that she had suffered from proctalgia fugax. How reassuring to have such a euphonious and authoritative sobriquet applied to an affliction that one has suffered anonymously with for years. The term is actually a curious hybrid of Latin and Greek and was coined by T. E. H. Thaysen, a Scandinavian who most likely spoke neither language. Proctalgia fugax may be defined as a sudden, severe pain in the rectal region, lasting several seconds or minutes, which then disappears completely with no sequela and no pathologic abnormality.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pelvic Floor Pelvic Floor Muscle Anal Fissure Railway Carriage 
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© W. Grant Thompson 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Grant Thompson
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  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases Research UnitOttawa Civic Hospital and University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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