Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Associated with Leprosy: A Case Report

Nicholas J. Brandmeir, Michael D. Sather

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Abstract

Background Leprosy is a major source of nerve damage and may lead to neuropathic pain as well as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment for CRPS, but there are no reports of this treatment in a patient with leprosy. Case Presentation The patient is a 55-year-old man who presented with CRPS in the arms and legs secondary to leprosy that persisted despite multidrug therapy, steroid treatment, and intravenous immunoglobulin. His pain and opioid use were both decreased with insertion of cervical and thoracic spinal cord stimulators. Conclusion Spinal cord stimulation may be a valuable intervention for patients with leprosy-induced CRPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)762-764
Number of pages3
JournalNeuromodulation
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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