Five-year follow-up of a cordotomy

Jan J. Meeuse*, Arnoud C. M. Vervest, Johannes H. van der Hoeven, An K. L. Reyners

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    Percutaneous cervical cordotomy is an invasive procedure to treat severe, opioid-resistant cancer pain. It is usually proposed for patients with a limited life expectancy. As a consequence, objective quantification of the long-term effects of this procedure is lacking. The present report describes a patient who was treated with a right-sided percutaneous cervical cordotomy for refractory cancer pain. Afterward, disseminated seminoma was diagnosed, which was cured with chemotherapy. Five years after the procedure, a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the long-term effects was performed. Sensory dysfunction was observed in the left side of the body, but no motor neuron or autonomic dysfunction was observed. The influence of these long-term effects on the patient's daily activities was limited.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)506-510
    Number of pages5
    JournalPain research & management
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Long-term follow-up
    • Pain
    • Percutaneous cervical cordotomy

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