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Motor cortex stimulation is increasingly reported in the literature as a surgical option for the alleviation of neuropathic pain. The authors review the published literature and present their results including those demonstrated in a randomized controlled trial that confirmed the efficacy of the procedure. Patient selection and prediction of outcomes, however, remain difficult issues.

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Neurosurg Focus

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Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Electric Stimulation Therapy, Electrodes, Implanted, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Motor Cortex, Neuralgia, Pain Measurement, Peripheral Nervous System Diseases, Review Literature as Topic, Treatment Outcome