Pain, Intracerebral Stimulation as Treatment

  • Björn Meyerson
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Electrical stimulation via electrodes implanted stereotactically in deep-seated regions of the brain as treatment of chronic and severe pain has been in use since the mid-1970s. The surgical procedure of implanting electrodes is comparatively simple and carries little risk of complications, but this approach to the management of pain is practiced in only a few centers and on very strict indications. Intracerebral stimulation is of theoretical interest because of the insights it provides into the physiological mechanisms involved in the endogenous control of pain.


Chronic Pain Dorsal Column Pain Research Nociceptive Pain Neurogenic Pain 
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Further reading

  1. Meyerson BA (1983): Electrostimulation procedures: Effects, presumed rationale, and possible mechanisms. In: Advances in Pain Research and Therapy Vol 5, pp 495–534, Bonica JJ, et al, eds. New York: Raven PressGoogle Scholar
  2. Young RF, Feldman YA, Kroening R, Wayne F, Morris J (1984): Electrical stimulation of the brain in the treatment of chronic pain in man. In: Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, Vol 6, pp 289–303, Kruger L, Liebeskind JC, eds. New York: Raven PressGoogle Scholar

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