We have applied bipolar dual-lead spinal cord stimulation (SCS) between two cylinder-type electrodes placed on the ventral and dorsal sides of the spinal cord (dual-VD-SCS). A 36-year-old man suffered from burning pain from his right elbow down to his hand after brachial plexus avulsion. The areas with paresthesia induced by conventional SCS did not include the painful hand area. However, dual-VD-SCS completely induced paresthesia in the painful hand area. We speculate that dual-VD-SCS can be applied to stimulate deeper sites of the dorsal column and dorsal horn than conventional SCS and is useful for pain reduction.
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This work was funded by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C-15 K10375) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.
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This study was approved by the Ethics committee of Nihon University Hospital. Informed consent was obtained from the patient and his family. Additional informed consent was obtained from the patient for whom identifying information is included in this article.
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