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Methods of Percutaneous Spino-Thalamic Tract Section

  • R. Lorenz
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 3)

Abstract

The term cordotomy was introduced by Schüller (1910) who used it to describe section of the anterior quadrant of the spinal cord in his experiments with monkeys. Edinger (1889) described in his comparative studies on evolution and anatomy the spino-thalamic tract as a continuation of the spinal roots into the brain. Spiller (1905) proved, that pain and temperature sensation is transmitted via the antero-lateral spinal tract. Martin was the first who in 1911 on Spiller’s advice sectioned the anterior quadrant of the cord to abolish intractable organic pain (Spiller and Martin 1912). Independently Foerster and Tietze (Foerster 1913) performed section of the anterior quadrant of the cord as treatment for tabetic crises.

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Spinal Cord Spinal Canal Anterior Approach Posterior Horn Bony Landmark 
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  • R. Lorenz
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  1. 1.Neurosurgical DepartmentUniversity of GießenFederal Republic of Germany

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