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J Neurosurg. 1975 Oct;43(4):440-4.

Percutaneous trial of stimulation for patient selection for implantable stimulating devices.


The author describes a flexible electrode which can be inserted percutaneously for a period of several days in candidates for an implantable electrical stimulating device for pain relief. This allows the patient a trial of stimulation which closely mimics that of the intended implantable system. If this trial does not give adequate pain relief in a variety of situations, the patient is not considered to be a suitable candidate for an implantable device. The trial of stimulation in no way obviates the need for careful scrutiny of the social and psychological factors accompanying chronic pain problems.

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