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.
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