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J Kor Soc Ster Func Neurosurg. 2017 13(1): 11-14
ⓒ Journal of the Korean Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Long-term Effectiveness of Spinal Cord Stimulation for Intractable Neuropathic Pain in a Traumatic Paraplegic Patient : Case Report
Pei Chi Tsung, MD, Myung Ki Lee, MD
Department of Neurosurgery, Maryknoll General Hospital, Busan, Korea

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been used to treat chronic neuropathic pain for decades; Spinal cord injury (SCI) frequently results in intractable neuropathic pain. Unfortunately, the majority of literature regarding the use of SCS for central neuropathic pain in post-traumatic paraplegia after SCI is not promising and such papers did not have long-term follow-up greater than 10 years. We describe the case of a post-traumatic paraplegic sailor who presented with intractable neuropathic pain as constant burning and frequent electric-like shooting pain along a few patchy areas of sensation on the Rt. L1-2-3 dermatomes. He underwent a surgical lead implantation on the epidural space at the T10 level in 2002 and obtained good pain relief during the follow-up period of 15 years. Even chronic neuropathic pain in complete loss of motor function with sensory patchy area after SCI may obtain the benefits of SCS.
Key words : Neuropathic pain, Spinal cord injury, Paraplegia, Spinal cord stimulation.
중심단어 : Neuropathic pain, Spinal cord injury, Paraplegia, Spinal cord stimulation.

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