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Our aim was to asses the efficacy of deep brain stimulation in post-stroke neuropathic pain. Since 2000, 15 patients with post-stroke intractable neuropathic pain were treated with deep brain stimulation of the periventricular gray area (PVG), sensory thalamus (Ventroposterolateral nucleus-VPL) or both. Pain was assessed using both a visual analogue scale and the McGill's pain questionnaire. VAS scores show a mean improvement of 48.8% (SD 8.6%). However, there is a wide variation between patients. This study demonstrates that it is an effective treatment in 70% of such patients.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.pain.2005.09.035

Type

Journal article

Journal

Pain

Publication Date

01/2006

Volume

120

Pages

202 - 206

Keywords

Deep Brain Stimulation, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuralgia, Pain Measurement, Stroke, Surveys and Questionnaires, Treatment Outcome