Motor cortex and deep brain stimulation for the treatment of intractable neuropathic face pain

Laneshia Thomas, Jonathan M. Bledsoe, Paola Sandroni, Deborah Gorman, Kendall H. Lee

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Intractable neuropathic face pain is a syndrome of unremitting severe pain that stems from abnormal nociceptive processing at various levels of the trigeminal system. Treatment of this debilitating condition has long presented a challenge for physicians due to its refractoriness to standard pharmacologic therapies. With few viable treatments, surgical procedures such as motor cortex stimulation (MCS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) provide additional options. This article reviews the current literature and practices regarding patient selection criteria, potential mechanisms of action, surgical technique, and outcome of patients with neuropathic face pain treated with MCS and DBS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-126
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent neurology and neuroscience reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 25 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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