Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome possibly triggered by oral contraceptives

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We herein report a teenage girl who had been taking oral contraceptive pills for three months and complained of left lower abdominal pain that had continued for two months. A physical examination indicated anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES), although no abnormality was found in various biochemical and imaging examinations. The pain was only transiently ameliorated by trigger-point injection, and neurectomy surgery was eventually effective. Sex steroids can be involved in the progress of local tissue edema causing ACNES. ACNES should be considered in cases of abdominal pain in patients taking oral contraceptives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1507-1509
Number of pages3
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Abdominal pain
  • Cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome
  • Oral contraceptives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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