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Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves for pain control. A 10-year experience.
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PMID:  6978679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients who underwent implantation of dorsal column stimulators from 1970 to 1973 were reviewed 7-10 years following stimulation. The number who achieved satisfactory pain relief was not significant. The criteria for selecting these patients were reviewed utilizing those now used in 1980. 50% of the patients originally selected would now be rejected for psychological or drug-related reasons. This long-term evaluation indicates no benefit to the patients treated with spinal cord stimulation. However, it appears that psychological factors were the most important reasons for failure. A smaller group of patients studied for 3-5 years following implantation of epidural spinal cord stimulators achieved a 70% pain control rate. Selection factors that explain these differences are discussed.
D M Long; D Erickson; J Campbell; R North
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied neurophysiology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0302-2773     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Neurophysiol     Publication Date:  1981  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-06-24     Completed Date:  1982-06-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600656     Medline TA:  Appl Neurophysiol     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-17     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brachial Plexus / physiopathology
Electric Stimulation Therapy* / adverse effects
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Follow-Up Studies
Pain / physiopathology,  therapy*
Peripheral Nerves / physiopathology*
Spinal Cord / physiopathology*

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