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J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2002 Mar;31(3):230-233. Korean. Original Article.
Hwang SN , Kim YB , Park SW , Choi DY .
Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.

OBJECTIVE: The authors present dorsal root entry zone(DREZ) operations on deafferentation pain patients suffered from brachial plexus avulsion(BPA), phantom pain(PP) and postherpetic pain(PHP). METHODS: Eight patients(Six BPA, one PP and one PHP) underwent DREZ operations on the cervical, thoracic and thoracolumbar spinal cords. The patients were 7 men and 1 woman who were in between thirties and sixties. The lesions were made by inserting 2mm bare tip of standard type DREZ electrode connected to Radionics radiofrequency generator into the DREZ 45 degree off the sagittal plane. The tissue was heated to 75degrees C for 15 seconds. RESULTS: All BPA patients had immediate and long-lasting pain relief regardless of the duration and character of the pain but patients with PP and PHP complained rather aggravation of pain after the operation. CONCLUSION: DREZ operation is effective for BPA pain, however, it needs to have attention in performing this surgery for PP or PHP.

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