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What is functional rectal pain syndrome?
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: Levator syndrome
Functional rectal pain syndrome is pain in the pelvic floor without any obvious abnormality.
There are a couple of different types, but levator syndrome is the most common. Patients complain of severe pain, often on one side. It usually comes and goes, rather than being there all the time. Workup usually doesn't show anything obviously wrong. Some patients have tenderness or muscle spasm.

In brief: Levator syndrome
Functional rectal pain syndrome is pain in the pelvic floor without any obvious abnormality.
There are a couple of different types, but levator syndrome is the most common. Patients complain of severe pain, often on one side. It usually comes and goes, rather than being there all the time. Workup usually doesn't show anything obviously wrong. Some patients have tenderness or muscle spasm.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Dr. Carolyn Messere
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: See below
Functional rectal pain syndrome is a rectal pain which cannot be explained and is accompanied by negative tests (manometry, colonoscopy) .
It can be a variant of irritable bowel syndrome.

In brief: See below
Functional rectal pain syndrome is a rectal pain which cannot be explained and is accompanied by negative tests (manometry, colonoscopy) .
It can be a variant of irritable bowel syndrome.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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