A Stereotactic Approach to the Anterior Percutaneous Electrical Cordotomy

  • S. Lipton
  • E. Dervin
  • O. B. Heywood
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 21)


The value of surgical cordotomy for the relief of intractable pain was recognized by Spiller and Martin2 in 1912, and by Foerster1 1913. The percutaneous electrical cordotomy was introduced by Mullan 3, 4 (1963, 1965) and modified by Rosomoff5 (1965). This method, which uses a lateral approach between C 1 and C 2, has the advantages of avoiding major surgery and reducing mortality and morbidity.


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© Springer-Verlag 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Lipton
    • 1
  • E. Dervin
    • 2
  • O. B. Heywood
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Pain Relief, Liverpool Regional Department of Medical and Surgical NeurologyWalton HospitalLiverpoolEngland
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of SalfordSalford Lancs.England

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