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.
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