Successful treatment of phantom pain with dorsal root entry zone coagulation.

@article{Saris1988SuccessfulTO,
  title={Successful treatment of phantom pain with dorsal root entry zone coagulation.},
  author={S C Saris and Robert Paul Iacono and Blaine S. Jr. Nashold},
  journal={Applied neurophysiology},
  year={1988},
  volume={51 2-5},
  pages={
          188-97
        }
}
We studied 22 patients with amputation due to trauma, gangrene, or cancer. All developed postamputation pain, underwent a dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) procedure, and were followed from 6 months to 4 years after surgery. Overall, only 8 (36%) of these 22 patients had pain relief. However, good results were obtained in 6 (67%) of 9 patients with phantom pain alone, and in 5 (83%) of 6 patients with traumatic amputations associated with root avulsion. Poor results were obtained in patients with… CONTINUE READING