Stereotactic radiofrequency ventral posterolateral thalamotomy for cancer pain

Abteen Mostofi, Ali Rezaei Haddad, Fotios Bourlogiannis, Erlick A. C. Pereira
2020 Neurosurgical Focus: Video  
Palliative neuroablative procedures are often performed for medication-refractory cancer pain. A 57-year-old female with lung carcinoma and metastases to the brachial plexus and cervical spine with severe neuropathic pain affecting the right upper limb was referred to the authors' functional neurosurgery service. This video shows her treatment with an awake stereotactic radiofrequency thalamotomy targeting the left ventral posterolateral nucleus. Postoperatively, she experienced immediate and
more » ... ced immediate and complete resolution of the pain. Palliative radiofrequency thalamotomy can be a viable and effective procedure for somatotopically distributed regional cancer pain.The video can be found here:
doi:10.3171/2020.7.focvid2023 fatcat:nddylld3fbbldjq73v5egjrzom