Physiological Guidelines for the Localization of Lesions by Percutaneous Cordotomy

  • R. R. Tasker
  • L. W. Organ
  • K. C. Smith
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 21)


Spinothalamic tractotomy, theorectically, is an ideal operation for the relief of intractable pain. But not until the introduction of the percutaneous technique by Mullan et al. (1963) could its benefits be extended to the majority of cancer patients; for most of them are too ill for open surgery. Moreover the precision of the new technique increases its effectiveness and at the same time minimizes complications.


Spinal Cord Stimulation Neck Muscle Sensory Effect Ventral Horn Lidocaine Hydrochloride 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. R. Tasker
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. W. Organ
    • 1
  • K. C. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Surgery, Physiology, and Electrical Engineering, and Neurosurgical Unit, Toronto General HospitalUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Toronto General HospitalTorontoCanada

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