“Compelling” findings but early days
Commenting on the findings for Medscape Medical News, Ann E. Hansen, MD, Chronic Pain Wellness Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Arizona, noted that this “preliminary study” showed some benefit for a complex and challenging-to-treat syndrome.
“Injection of botulinum toxin prevents local muscle contraction, thus effectively relieving a variety of neuromuscular conditions such as torticollis; spasticity; pain syndromes such as headache and migraine; and some neurologic disorders, for instance, overactive bladder,” said Hansen, who was not involved with the research.
“Using botulinum toxin injection to target pelvic floor muscle spasm, a known pain generator in women suffering from chronic pelvic pain, makes sense. Future studies will be helpful in elucidating optimal treatment protocols for this debilitating condition,” she added.
Also commenting for Medscape Medical News, Kathryn T. Hall, PhD, MPH, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, called the results “quite compelling” although, “it’s still early days.”
“It remains to be seen if the treatment effect will endure or if side effects will emerge. Hopefully all will go well,” Hall said.
The study was funded by an unrestricted grant from the National Institutes of Health. Allergan provided the botulinum toxin that was used in the study. Karp, Stratton, Hansen, and Hall have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
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