[PDF] Guidelines on chronic pelvic pain

European Association of Urology - EAU
European Association of Urology (EAU)
Publication date:
01 April 2014


Pain is the most common symptom of any illness. In its management the physician needs to

  • discover and treat the cause of the pain
  • treat the pain itself, whether or not the underlying cause is treatable
  • relieve the suffering caused by the pain

Conditions associated with chronic urogenital pain are becoming better understood. Pain syndrome terms were introduced to indicate the multiple mechanisms involved, both physical and psychological. This approach has been reviewed and has been found to be robust. These guidelines expand this approach, so avoiding spurious diagnostic terms, which are associated with inappropriate investigations, inappropriate treatments, inappropriate patient expectations and ultimately a worse prognostic outlook.