Practice Parameters for the Use of Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Equipment-related Pain

How should SCS equipment-related pain be managed?

Pain/irritation from the extension lead or connector, or at the site of the pulse generator, is generally self-limited, unless of course it is a symptom of infection.  The external antenna used in radiofrequency-coupled devices can irritate the skin.  Topical therapy usually suffices, but surgical revision is necessary in some cases.

Strength of Recommendation Evidence source(s)/rationale
N/A -- information only N/A -- see Bibliography for relevant literature

Barolat G, Schwartzman R, Woo R. Epidural spinal cord stimulation in the management of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 53(1):29-39, 1989.
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