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J Kor Soc Ster Func Neurosurg. 2020 16(2): 47-55
ⓒ Journal of the Korean Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Burst Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Literature Review and Two Case Studies
Deok-ryeong Kim, MD, PhD
Department of Neurosurgery, Nowon Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University, Seoul, Korea

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a safe and effective treatment option for medically intractable neuropathic pain of different origins. Although conventional tonic stimulation has been a mainstay of treatment for the past few centuries, there have been various attempts to overcome the limitations of this treatment modality, such as insufficient pain relief and uncomfortable paresthesia. Recently, a novel stimulation paradigm, called burst stimulation, has been presented as an excellent alternative. Burst stimulation has several advantages, including a more selective modulation of the medial affective pain pathways and paresthesia-free pain suppression. In this paper, the author provides a review of the literature on the effect of burst SCS, as well as two case studies that have been successfully treated with SCS.
Key words : Spinal cord stimulation, Analgesia, Neuralgia, Treatment outcome

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