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Pain Research and Treatment
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9472925, 15 pages
Review Article

Chronic Pelvic Pain: Assessment, Evaluation, and Objectivation

Department of Woman, Child, General and Specialized Surgery, University of Campania L. Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Maria Beatrice Passavanti

Received 14 June 2017; Revised 6 October 2017; Accepted 15 October 2017; Published 20 November 2017

Academic Editor: Steve McGaraughty

Copyright © 2017 Maria Beatrice Passavanti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP) and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) have a significant impact on men and women of reproductive and nonreproductive age, with a considerable burden on overall quality of life (QoL) and on psychological, functional, and behavioural status. Moreover, diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties are remarkable features in many patients. Therefore evaluation, assessment and objectivation tools are often necessary to properly address each patient and consequently his/her clinical needs. Here we review the different tools for pain assessment, evaluation, and objectivation; specific features regarding CPP/CPPS will be highlighted. Also, recent findings disclosed with neuroimaging investigations will be reviewed as they provide new insights into CPP/CPPS pathophysiology and may serve as a tool for CPP assessment and objectivation.