Levator Syndrome – What is Levator Syndrome, Symptoms of Levator Syndrome

Levator syndrome

is an episode of pain, pressure and discomfort in the region of the rectum that generally gets aggravated by sitting. The pain is caused by spasm of the levator ani muscle. This condition is also known as coccydynia, levator ani spasm syndrome, levator ani syndrome, proctalgia fugax, and proctodynia. In this article, we shall discuss some of the symptoms of levator syndrome.

Etiology of levator syndrome is not known or yet to be known.

Symptoms of levator syndrome:

Description of levator syndrome:

Most patients having levator syndrome complain of a dull ache in the rectum followed by a feeling of a constant rectal pressure. They also experience burning sensation in the rectal region. The pain may become worse by a bowel movement as the stool presses against levator ani muscle while expelling.

Proctalgia fugax is a variant of levator syndrome. In this condition, a patient experiences severe pain in the rectum. The pain generally occurs at night and has potency to awaken the patient from a sound sleep. The pain usually lasts less than 20 minutes. The patient may feel as if the pain would be relieved by the passage of gas or a bowel movement.

Levator syndrome forces the patient to have various rectal operations for the condition. The chances of recurrence are high and the patient has tough time in this condition.

Levator ani muscle:

Levator ani muscle is one of the important muscle of the pelvic floor. It is a broad, thin muscle that is located on the side of the pelvis. It forms a funnel shaped diaphragm in the pelvis. The muscle supports the viscera in pelvic cavity, and surrounds the various structures that pass through it. Levator ani plays a crucial role in the maintenance of continence.

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