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Spinal Cord Stimulation for Visceral Pain Related to Chronic Pancreatitis: Report of 2 Cases

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francesco Vergani, 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.

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Author(s): Vergani F, Boukas A, Mukerji N, Nanavati N, Nicholson C, Jenkins A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: World Neurosurgery

Year: 2014

Volume: 81

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 651.e17-651.e19

Print publication date: 01/03/2014

ISSN (print): 1878-8750

ISSN (electronic): 1878-8769

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2013.09.038


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