Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome : epidemiology and surgical management

T. van Assen

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Chronic abdominal pain is sometimes caused by entrapment of a small cutaneous nerve at the ventral portion of the abdomen (anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome = ACNES). There is hardly any information available about this unknown syndrome. The incidence of ACNES and the effectiveness of treatment options have never been examined, for instance. This dissertation shows that 1 out of 50 patients presenting with acute abdominal pain to the emergency department suffers from ACNES. In the Netherlands, approximately 10,000 new cases of ACNES are diagnosed each year. Nine out of 10 patients experience considerable pain relief or become pain free following injections or minor surgery. Early diagnosis will lead to a massive reduction in health care costs.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Beets, Geerard, Supervisor
  • van Kleef, Maarten, Supervisor
  • Roumen, R.M.H., Supervisor
  • Scheltinga, M.R.M., Supervisor
Award date11 Jun 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789090290317
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • abdominal pain
  • abdominal wall pain
  • intercostal neuralgia

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