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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1973;2(1): 50-56.
Clinical Observation on the Surgical Treatment of the Intractable Pain.
Byung Gyu Cho, Hyo Chung Sohn, Maeng Ki Cho, Kil Soo Choi, Bo Sung Sim
Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this report is to present the results of clinical observations on the surgical treatment of 26 patients (16 male, 10 female) with intractable pain during the period from May, 1960 to April, 1972 at the Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul National University Hospital. Age at the time of operation raged from 27 to 69 years. Duration of the pain from the onset to surgery was less than one year in most of the cases. The most common causes of the pain were the pelvic malignancies, lung cancer, and metastatic spine tumors in the order. In 20 cases of anterolateral cordotomies, the main complications were urinary retention, ipsilateral motor weakness, and decubitus. The high cervical cordotomy produced high analgesic level and less dropping of established analgesic level postoperatively. Posterior rhizotomy for intercostal neuralgia and a case of thoracic commissurotomy for intramedullary tumor were of gratifying result. The higher the pain located, the longer the pain existed, the operation was less likely to relieve the pain. High cervical cordotomy seems to be superior to high thoracic cordotomy even in the pain of leg, when it is considered in the respect of the high analgesic level, the lack of "island" of pain, and technical easiness.
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