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Neurosurgical Treatment of Neuropathic Pain



The neurosurgical treatment of neuropathic pain involves the use of neuromodulation or lesional procedures to eliminate or alleviate the pain when drug therapy is not effective. Neuromodulation interventions use electro-stimulation techniques of the peripheral or central nervous system or medication infusion into the spinal subarachnoid space, while lesional procedures make use of partial or complete techniques lesion of peripheral or cranial nerves. The group's activity is focused on trigeminal neuralgia treatment, radiculopathy and painful neuropathies, central pain from spinal cord or brain injury. It takes place at The Complex Structure "Pain Management and Palliative Care" of AOU "City of Health and Science”, hospital hub reference for the treatment of pain in our region. This structure includes hospital and university staff with multidisciplinary skills (anesthesiologists dedicated to pain therapy, neurologist, neurosurgeon) and is equipped with operating room for minimally invasive surgery. For intracranial surgery it collaborates with the SCU Neurosurgery of the same hospital.


Group’s ECR Sectors:

LS5_11 - Neurological disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease)

LS5_5 - Mechanisms of pain

LS7_4 - Analgesia and Surgery

LS7_8 - Health services, health care research



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Boeris D, Evins AI, Lanotte MM, Zeme S, Ducati A. (2014) Pontine compression caused by "surgiceloma" after trigeminal decompression: case report and literature review. Acta neurologica Belgica 114(3) 229-31 [DOI  PMID]

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