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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2009;57(5):678-681.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2009.57.5.678   
Spinal cord stimulation for intractable post-thoracotomy pain syndrome: A case report.
Heon Keun Lee, Seung Wha Lee, Il Woo Shin, Ju Tae Sohn, Yeong Ju Jeong, Young Kyun Chung
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang University, Jinju, Korea. ane1959@daum.net
2Chosun College of Nursing, Gwangju, Korea.
Post-thoracotomy syndrome is a condition characterized by pain that continues for more than 2 months after a thoracotomic procedure. Some patients suffer from devastating chest pain despite receiving multimodal treatment such as analgesics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and nerve blockers. Spinal cord stimulation has been reported to be a promising relief for the intractable neuropathic pain. A 60-year-old man who had been suffering from post-thoracotomy pain for 20 years showed relief of pain after spinal cord stimulation. Spinal cord stimulation thus seems to be a viable option for patients who do not respond to conventional pain management therapy.
Key Words: Post-thoracotomy syndrome; Spinal cord stimulation


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