Motor cortex stimulation for neuropathic pain

Neurosurg Focus. 2001 Sep 15;11(3):E2. doi: 10.3171/foc.2001.11.3.3.


Motor cortex stimulation is increasingly reported in the literature as a surgical option for the alleviation of neuropathic pain. The authors review the published literature and present their results including those demonstrated in a randomized controlled trial that confirmed the efficacy of the procedure. Patient selection and prediction of outcomes, however, remain difficult issues.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy*
  • Electrodes, Implanted
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Cortex / physiopathology
  • Motor Cortex / radiation effects*
  • Neuralgia / therapy*
  • Pain Measurement / methods
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / therapy*
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome