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We report a 61-year-old hypertensive man who underwent deep brain stimulation of the periventricular/periaqueductal grey area for the relief of chronic neuropathic pain affecting his oral cavity and soft palate. During intraoperative stimulation, we were able to modulate his blood pressure up or down, depending on electrode location. This is the first evidence that hypertension could be effectively treated with electrical stimulation of the midbrain.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jocn.2006.04.015

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Clin Neurosci

Publication Date

06/2007

Volume

14

Pages

592 - 595

Keywords

Deep Brain Stimulation, Facial Pain, Humans, Hypertension, Male, Middle Aged, Periaqueductal Gray, Thalamic Nuclei, Treatment Outcome