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Patients with neuropathic pain secondary to failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) typically experience persistent pain, disability, and reduced quality of life. We hypothesised that spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an effective therapy in addition to conventional medical management (CMM) in this patient population. We randomised 100 FBSS patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE After randomizing 100 failed back surgery syndrome patients to receive spinal cord stimulation (SCS) plus conventional medical management (CMM) or CMM alone, the results of the 6-month Prospective Randomized Controlled Multicenter Trial of the Effectiveness of Spinal Cord Stimulation (i.e., PROCESS) showed that SCS offered superior pain relief,(More)
Benign peripheral nerve lesions of lipomatous, vascular, and chondromatous origin are very rare. Only one previous case of brachial plexus involvement by such a tumor has been reported. The authors report on their experience with peripheral nerve tumors in three patients and review the available literature on these topics. The three cases discussed include(More)
BACKGROUND Neuropathic pain commonly affects the back and legs and is associated with severe disability and psychological illness. It is unclear how patients with predominantly neuropathic pain due to failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) compare with patients with other chronic pain conditions. AIMS To present data on characteristics associated with FBSS(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to evaluate the effect alcohol intoxication may have had in nonsurgically treated patients with severe traumatic brain injury. METHODS The Montreal General Hospital Traumatic Brain Injury Registry was used to identify all adult patients with a Glasgow Coma Scale score < or =8 at admission, within a 15-month period. All charts were(More)
INTRODUCTION Many studies have demonstrated the efficacy and the medical/economic value of epidural spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of "failed back surgery syndrome" (FBSS). However, the back pain component of FBSS has been recalcitrant. Recent clinical trials have suggested that multicolumn surgically implanted leads combined with enhanced(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic back and leg pain conditions result in patients' loss of function, reduced quality of life and increased costs to the society. AIMS To assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and cost implications of spinal cord stimulation plus non-surgical conventional medical management (SCS group) versus non-surgical conventional medical(More)
OBJECTIVE Traumatic brachial plexopathies can be devastating injuries. In addition to motor and sensory deficits, pain and functional limitations can be equally debilitating. We sought to evaluate functional outcome and quality of life using statistically validated tools. METHODS The authors identified a consecutive series of patients who underwent(More)
Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) has been used for the treatment of neuropathic pain for more than 40 years. Recent interest in the utilization of this technique stems from the many modifications of the original procedure and the refinement of the available hardware. This rendered the procedure less traumatic and more effective, and thus more widely(More)
Introduction.  Since its first application in 1967, numerous case series indicate that spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an effective treatment for the management of failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). However, only one randomized controlled trial has demonstrated that SCS provides more effective pain relief than re-operation and conventional medical(More)