Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 8–13 | Cite as

Deep Brain Stimulation and Motor Cortical Stimulation for Neuropathic Pain

  • James A. StadlerIII
  • Damien J. Ellens
  • Joshua M. Rosenow


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an important treatment option for neuropathic pain. DBS has a considerable history, and it can be used successfully for a wide number of pain syndromes. Epidural motor cortex stimulation (MCS) also is a treatment option for neuropathic pain. Less invasive than DBS, MCS has been rapidly adopted and studied since first described in 1991. A growing body of literature supports the use of MCS for facial pain, though further study to better define the mechanism of action and the most appropriate patient populations is ongoing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. StadlerIII
    • 1
  • Damien J. Ellens
    • 1
  • Joshua M. Rosenow
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurological SurgeryNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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