Response of central pain syndromes to intravenous lidocaine.


In this study, 8 patients with central pain syndromes, 6 with hemispheric lesions, and 2 with spinal cord lesions were treated with a 1 mg/kg dose of intravenous lidocaine. Patients first received the same volume of normal saline, in single-blind fashion, to monitor placebo effects. Of the 8 patients, 7 responded to lidocaine, and only 1 responded to normal… (More)


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