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Gamma knife surgery of the pituitary: new treatment for thalamic pain syndrome.

Authors
  • Hayashi, Motohiro
  • Taira, Takaomi
  • Ochiai, Taku
  • Chernov, Mikhail
  • Takasu, Yuichi
  • Izawa, Masahiro
  • Kouyama, Nobuo
  • Tomida, Mihoko
  • Tokumaru, Osamu
  • Katayama, Yoko
  • Kawakami, Yoriko
  • Hori, Tomokatsu
  • Takakura, Kintomo
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of neurosurgery
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2005
Volume
102 Suppl
Pages
38–41
Identifiers
PMID: 15662778
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An initial significant pain reduction was observed in 13 (76.5%) of 17 patients. Some patients experienced pain reduction within 48 hours of treatment. Persistent pain relief for more than 1 year was observed in five (38.5%) of 13 patients. Rapid recurrence of pain in fewer than 3 months was observed in four (30.8%) of 13 patients. The only complication was transient diabetes insipidus in one patient. It would seem that GKS of the pituitary might have a role to play in thalamic pain arising after a stroke.

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