Anterior Pulvinotomy in the Treatment of Intractable Pain

  • L. Laitinen
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplementum book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 24)


Between 1970 and 1974, I carried out stereotactic anterior pulvinotomy on 41 patients suffering from intractable pain. The series was selected; we tried to exclude patients with hysterical and/or depressive symptoms. Ten patients suffered from phantom limb pain, 10 from thalamic pain, 6 from peripheral neuralgia, 5 from cancer pain, 5 from zoster neuralgia and 5 from anaesthesia dolorosa. Twenty-two were men and 19 women. Their ages ranged from 32 to 74 years, with an average of 56 years. Duration of pain ranged from 3 months to 26 years, with an average of 6,5 years. Most of the patients had received large doses of analgesics, psychotherapy, hypnotic therapy and accupuncture without long-lasting effect.


Chronic Pain Cancer Pain Intractable Pain Phantom Limb Pain Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation 
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© Springer-Verlag 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Laitinen
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  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity Central HospitalHelsinki 26Finland

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