Kasra Amirdelfan

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OBJECTIVES   Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has become a mainstay in the continuum of care for patients suffering from chronic neuropathic pain of the trunk and limbs. Options for placing these devices have included a percutaneous method of using an epidural needle to place a cylindrical (percutaneous) lead to stimulate the spinal cord, or an open laminotomy(More)
Animal and human studies indicate that electrical stimulation of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons may modulate neuropathic pain signals. ACCURATE, a pivotal, prospective, multicenter, randomized comparative effectiveness trial, was conducted in 152 subjects diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome or causalgia in the lower extremities. Subjects(More)
BACKGROUND Intrathecal drug delivery has undergone a revitalization following a better understanding of this delivery route and its pharmacokinetics. Driven by patient safety and outcomes, clinicians are motivated to rethink the traditional spinal infusion pump patient selection criteria and indications. We review the current understanding of the(More)
BACKGROUND Pain relief with spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has focused historically on paresthesias overlapping chronically painful areas. A higher level evidence supports the use of SCS in treating leg pain than supports back pain, as it is difficult to achieve adequate paresthesia coverage, and then pain relief, in the low back region. In comparison,(More)
OBJECTIVES The issue of low back pain (LBP) is as common as it is perplexing. LBP is thought to be a chronic issue in approximately 10% of the U.S. population. This condition has wide-reaching social and economical reverberations. Despite the availability of modern diagnostic tools, the cause of the pain generator is often unidentifiable. The authors were(More)
OBJECTIVE The Epiducer lead delivery system is a novel lead delivery device that can be used to percutaneously implant S-Series paddle leads (St. Jude Medical, Plano, TX, USA) as well as multiple percutaneous leads obviating the need for laminectomy and/or multiple needle sticks, respectively. This study evaluates the safety and usage of the Epiducer lead(More)
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