THE TREATMENT of osteitis pubis is in the process of being changed at the present time. After the introduction of retropubic surgery into this country, by Dr. Terrence Millen, the number of cases of osteitis pubis reported in the literature appeared to increase. In many clinics, however, the operation was gradually abandoned because of this painful complication. Treatment, for the most part, was symptomatic, and the results were not satisfactory. In 1946 corticotropin (ACTH) was introduced into medicine for the treatment of rheumatoid, arthritic, and allied diseases. Soon thereafter cortisone was introduced by Kendell and Hench for the treatment of similar diseases. The recent application of these two drugs in the therapy of osteitis pubis has given promise of miraculous results, and it is hoped that this painful and incapacitating disease will eventually be controlled before it becomes disabling.
The etiology of the disease is unknown, but it is believed
GELBER J, BYRON RJ. TREATMENT OF OSTEITIS PUBIS WITH CORTICOTROPIN AND CORTISONEReport of Two Cases. AMA Arch Surg. 1954;69(4):543-548. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01270040099016