21. Spinal Cord Stimulation in Other Indications

  1. Sam Eljamel3 and
  2. Konstantin V. Slavin4
  1. Konstantin V. Slavin1 and
  2. Sam Eljamel2

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118346396.ch21

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

How to Cite

Slavin, K. V. and Eljamel, S. (2013) Spinal Cord Stimulation in Other Indications, in Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice (eds S. Eljamel and K. V. Slavin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118346396.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Centre for Neurosciences, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

  2. 2

    University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118346358

Online ISBN: 9781118346396



  • cerebral vasospasm;
  • deep brain stimulation (DBS);
  • genitourinary effects;
  • motor control;
  • spinal cord stimulation (SCS);
  • vasoactive applications


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) had been tried in many other disabling conditions with variable outcome. This chapter summarizes other uses of SCS, apart from failed back surgery syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome. It illustrates the three off‐label indications of SCS: motor control, vasoactive applications and genitourinary effects. SCS for minimally conscious and vegetative state may be used before considering more invasive approaches such as deep brain stimulation (DBS). The newer and promising indications such as cerebral vasospasm have a potential of significant improvement in morbidity and mortality in a very difficult patient category, while other directions such as SCS for brain tumors are still in their infancy with a rather uncertain future.