Treatment of central pain syndrome with spinal cord stimulation

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Central pain syndrome (CPS) is a neurological disorder caused by damage or dysfunction of the central nervous system. Both conservative and operative methods of treatment are used in its treatment, but in most cases their effectiveness is rather low. We are presenting the clinical observation of a 60-year-old patient with spinal cord injury at the level of Th10 due to a car accident that occurred 44 years before the treatment in our clinic, who suffered from phantom pain that occurred after bilateral above the knee amputation because of advanced peripheral vascular disease. Due to the ineffectiveness of the conservative treatment, it was decided to proceed with spinal cord stimulation. The presence of pronounced postoperative changes in the area of spinal cord injury has complicated the transcutaneous placement of trial leads at the L1-L2 and Th12-L1 level. We managed to introduce leads at the level of Th7-Th8 and position them at the level of Th5-Th7. During continuous neurostimulation the pain in the sacrum, in the area of the hip joints, the phantom pain was relieved. The patient stopped using all pain medications. Spinal cord stimulation can be utilized as an alternative treatment for patients with intractable CPS.

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A. E Yakovlev

Comprehensive Pain Management of the Fox Valley

Appleton, USA


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