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Dr Alistair Jenkins
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OBJECTIVE: To report our experience related to the use of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for relief of chronic pancreatitis-related neuropathic visceral pain.METHODS: Two patients, 50 years old and 39 years old, presented with intractable visceral pain related to chronic pancreatitis. A quadripolar electrode for SCS was inserted at the T8-10 level using a percutaneous technique. After a successful trial, a permanent stimulator was inserted.RESULTS: At a mean follow-up of 7 years, both patients showed a marked improvement, with 80% and 90% decrease of pain, respectively, as assessed by Visual Analogue Scale. Pain medications were discontinued in both cases.CONCLUSIONS: SCS appears to be an effective long-term treatment for neuropathic visceral pain related to chronic pancreatitis.
Author(s): Vergani F, Boukas A, Mukerji N, Nanavati N, Nicholson C, Jenkins A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: World Neurosurgery
Print publication date: 01/03/2014
ISSN (print): 1878-8750
ISSN (electronic): 1878-8769
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