Thalamic EEG recordings in patients with chronic pain

J Neurol. 1978 Sep 12;219(1):47-61. doi: 10.1007/BF00313368.


Thalamic EEG recordings were made in 10 patients; the therapeutic goal of the implantation was the electrical stimulation treatment for pain. The patients' ages ranged from 37 to 72 years; seven patients had thalamic pain (Dejerine-Roussy syndrome), two had chronic spinal arachnoiditis and one had facial anaesthesia dolorosa. Platinum-iridium electrodes were stereotaxically inserted; the ventrobasal complex of the thalamus including the ventral posterior zone was the target of the implant. Excessive thalamic slowing was found in four of seven patients with Dejerine-Roussy syndrome and also in two of three cases with other causes of pain. One patient had marked rhythmical intermittent delta activity in the thalamus which was often triggered by arousing stimuli. Thalamic spindle activity was sometimes noted without concomitant spindle activity on the scalp and would occasionally occur in states of early drowsiness.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / physiopathology*
  • Syndrome
  • Thalamus / physiopathology*