Pain, Intracerebral Stimulation as Treatment
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.
KeywordsChronic Pain Dorsal Column Pain Research Nociceptive Pain Neurogenic Pain
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