Targeting the affective component of chronic pain: a case series of deep brain stimulation of the anterior cingulate cortex.
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has shown considerable promise for relieving nociceptive and neuropathic symptoms of refractory chronic pain. Nevertheless, for some patients, standard DBS for pain remains poorly efficacious. Pain is a multidimensional experience with an affective component: the unpleasantness. The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is a structure involved in this affective component, and targeting it may relieve patients' pain. OBJECTIVE: To describe the first case seri...Expand abstract
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