Spinal Cord Stimulator Relieves Neuropathic Pain in a Patient With Radiation-Induced Transverse Myelitis


Basem Hamid, MD, UTMD Anderson Cancer CenterDepartment of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 1515 Holcombe Blvd Unit 409, Houston, TX 77030, U.S.A. Tel: 713-745-7246; Fax: 713-745-0177; E-mail: bhamid@mdanderson.org.


▪ Abstract:  We present a patient with intractable neuropathic pain because of radiation-induced transverse myelitis unresponsive to medical treatment. After a successful trial of spinal cord stimulation, a permanent stimulator was implanted. Improvement was noted in verbal pain score, medication usage and function. Spinal cord stimulation may offer a therapeutic option for patients with neuropathic pain resulting from transverse myelitis and should be considered when other treatments fail. ▪