AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Brain Stimulation Technique Shown Effective in Phantom Limb Pain

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As many as 25,000 people a year worldwide lose limbs from land mine blasts, and a new study shows that transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) administered to the scalp can stimulate the brain and provide significant reductions in phantom limb pain. A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital evaluated the benefits of the brain-stimulation method in 54 patients who had amputations due to land-mine explosions. They compared results of patients given transcranial brain stimulation and a placebo treatment to determine if the procedure could provide significant relief from phantom limb pain (PLP). To read more, click here.

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