Levator Syndrome

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Condition 101

What is the definition of Levator Syndrome?

Levator syndrome is characterized by sporadic pain in the rectum caused by spasm of a muscle near the anus (the levator ani muscle). The muscle spasm causes pain that typically is not related to defecation. The pain usually lasts less than 20 minutes. Pain may be brief and intense or a vague ache high in the rectum. It may occur spontaneously or with sitting and can waken a person from sleep. The pain may feel as if it would be relieved by the passage of gas or a bowel movement. In severe cases, the pain can persist for many hours and can recur frequently. A person may have undergone various unsuccessful rectal operations to relieve these symptoms.

What are the alternative names for Levator Syndrome?

  • Levator ani syndrome
  • Levator ani spasm syndrome

Latest Research

Latest Advance
  • Condition: Levator Ani Syndrome (LAS)
  • Journal: Techniques in coloproctology
  • Treatment Used: Botulinum Toxin A (BTX) vs. Electrogalvanic Stimulation (EGS)
  • Number of Patients: 120
  • Published —
This study evaluated the outcomes associated with both electrogalvanic stimulation (EGS) and Botulinum toxin A (BTX) in patients with medically refectory levator ani syndrome (rectal pain; LAS) to determine if either demonstrate a long-term benefit or whether one treatment is better than the other.
Latest Advance
  • Condition: Chronic Functional Anorectal Pain
  • Journal: Techniques in coloproctology
  • Treatment Used: Botox
  • Number of Patients: 113
  • Published —
In this study, researchers evaluated the outcomes of using botox for the treatment of chronic functional anorectal pain.