10. Chronic Pelvic Pain of Enterocolic Origin

  1. Paolo Vercellini
  1. Andrea J. Rapkin MD and
  2. Tevy Tith MD

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391855.ch10

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic Pelvic Pain

How to Cite

Rapkin, A. J. and Tith, T. (2011) Chronic Pelvic Pain of Enterocolic Origin, in Chronic Pelvic Pain (ed P. Vercellini), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391855.ch10

Editor Information

  1. Istituto “Luigi Mangiagalli”, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, University of Milan, Italy

Author Information

  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 MAR 2011

Book Series:

  1. Gynecology in Practice

Book Series Editors:

  1. Aydin Arici

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330663

Online ISBN: 9781444391855



  • Chronic Pelvic Pain of Enterocolic Origin;
  • “Chronic pelvic pain” (CPP);
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS);
  • central nervous system (CNS);
  • “pain mapping”;
  • “hypersensitive gut syndrome”;
  • post - traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • “Evidence at a glance”;
  • Inflammatory bowel disease


Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects 20–40% of the female population, up to 79% of whom have an enterocolic diagnosis contributing to their pain. This chapter addresses the epidemiology of CPP of enterocolic origin, its comorbidity with other disorders, and the overlapping innervation of the pelvic viscera and somatic regions of referred pain. The complete differential diagnosis and management approach is discussed, with a focus on the functional abdominal pain disorder of irritable bowel syndrome, which is the most prevalent enterocolic diagnosis in women with CPP.