Thalamic stimulations in neuropathic pain : 27 years later.
|2001, N° 1 (Vol. 101/1)|
|An overview is given of CNS mechanisms which
are behind the beneficial effects of VPL-VPM thalamic
stimulation in the treatment of neuropathic pain.
Further research in this field is urgently needed and
the recent possibility to combine Deep Brain Stimulation
with positron emission tomography (PET) will
certainly help to unravel the brain circuitry implicated
in stimulation-produced analgesia. Brain stimulation is
an artificial way to activate nervous tissue that is
reversible and, when correctly applied, has few complications.
The clinical results warrant a continued dissemination
of brain stimulation as a treatment in well selected
cases of neuropathic pain.|
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