Combination of Thalamotomy and Longitudinal Myelotomy in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

A Case Report
  • L. Laitinen
  • A. Arsalo
  • A. Hänninen
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 21)


Between 1964 and 1971, 30 patients with multiple sclerosis were referred to our neurosurgical department for the treatment of intention tremor, spasticity and intractable pain. Twenty-six patients underwent unilateral thalamotomy, 5 had longitudinal myelotomy of Bischof (Bischof, 1951; Laitinen and Singounas, 1971) and one had spinal commissurotomy. Two patients had both thalamotomy and longitudinal myelotomy.


Multiple Sclerosis Urinary Incontinence Voluntary Motility Muscle Power Sensory Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Laitinen
    • 1
  • A. Arsalo
    • 2
  • A. Hänninen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryHelsinki 26Finland
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity Central HospitalHelsinki 26Finland

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