Validation of a simple body map to measure widespread pain in urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome: A MAPP Research Network study

J. Quentin Clemens, Kenneth Locke, J. Richard Landis, Karl Kreder, Larissa V. Rodriguez, Claire C. Yang, Frank F. Tu, Steven E. Harte, Andrew Schrepf, John T. Farrar, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Bruce D. Naliboff, David A. Williams, Niloofar Afari, Theresa Spitznagle, Bayley J. Taple, H. Henry Lai

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Purpose: In patients with urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome (UCPPS), the presence of widespread pain appears to identify a distinct phenotype, with a different symptom trajectory and potentially different response to treatment than patients with pelvic pain only. Materials and Methods: A 76-site body map was administered four times, at weekly intervals, to 568 male and female UCPPS participants in the MAPP Network protocol. The 76 sites were classified into 13 regions (1 pelvic region and 12 nonpelvic regions). The degree of widespread pain was scored from 0 to 12 based on the number of reported nonpelvic pain regions. This continuous body map score was regressed over other measures of widespread pain, with UCPPS symptom severity, and with psychosocial variables to measure level of association. These models were repeated using an updated body map score (0–12) that incorporated a threshold of pain ≥ 4 at each site. Results: Body map scores showed limited variability over the 4 weekly assessments, indicating that a single baseline assessment was sufficient. The widespread pain score correlated highly with other measures of widespread pain and correlated with worsened UCPPS symptom severity and psychosocial functioning. Incorporating a pain severity threshold ≥4 resulted in only marginal increases in these correlations. Conclusions: These results support the use of this 13-region body map in the baseline clinical assessment of UCPPS patients. It provides reliable data about the presence of widespread pain and does not require measurement of pain severity, making it relatively simple to use for clinical purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-737
Number of pages11
JournalNeurourology and Urodynamics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024


  • chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome
  • pelvic pain
  • prostate
  • urinary bladder


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