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Endometriosis pain stemming from pelvic spasms improved with botulinum toxin



“It’s an area of the body neurologists don’t feel comfortable injecting, and I don’t necessarily feel comfortable doing it myself,” Dr. Karp said.

The researchers had to develop their own procedure because at the time they started the research there was almost nothing in the literature on how to inject botulinum toxin for pelvic pain in women. “People in different specialties have been doing it [to relieve pelvic pain] and it’s really widespread, but they’re doing it all different ways,” Dr. Karp said. “We’re hoping to find a best approach.”

Dr. Karp and her colleagues’ research is supported by the NINDS and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. OnabotulinumtoxinA for the clinical trial is supplied by Allergan. Dr. Karp has received research support from Allergan and Merz.

SOURCE: Karp B et al. AAN 2018, Abstract P2.096; Karp B et al. AAN 2018, Abstract P2.098.

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