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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1980;9(2): 395-400.
Percutaneous Radiofrequency Cervical Cordotomy on the Intractable Pain.
Young Soo Kim, Sang Sup Chung, Kyu Chang Lee, Hun Jae Lee
Department of Neurosurgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Sixty percutaneous radiofrequency cervical cordotomies were carried out in 47 patients with intractable pain from April 1973 to the end of 1978. Nintyseven % of the operations was recorded as excellent result. Complications were bladder dysfunction of 18%, which improved within about 2 weeks, except a case, and motor weakness of 15%, which improved within about 3 weeks except a case. Patients who developed postoperative respiratory difficulty already had impaired respiratory function before the operation due to the lung cancer. In conclusion percutaneous cervical radiofrequency cordotomy allows easy, efficient and low-risk relief of intractable pain with a short period of hospitalization.
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