Precentral cortex stimulation for the treatment of central neuropathic pain: results of a prospective study in a 20-patient series

Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 1999;73(1-4):122-5. doi: 10.1159/000029769.


The authors report a series of 23 patients with central neuropathic pain who were treated with the recently developed technique of precentral cortex stimulation (PCS). Of the 20 patients with a follow-up of more than 1 year (mean of 23 months) 25% had an excellent, 35% a good and 15% a fair relief of pain. In 25% the method failed. On the basis of these findings and the literature data (127 reported cases), the authors advocate PCS in patients with severe and medically refractory poststroke pain.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brachial Plexus / injuries
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology*
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy* / adverse effects
  • Epilepsy / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Pain Management*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / therapy
  • Stroke / therapy
  • Treatment Outcome