Diabetic Patients Aided by Spinal Cord Stimulation

Results from a multicenter trial show positive effects of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) on painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN). Pharmacologic treatments of PDPN have “unbearable” side effects and/or are lacking in efficacy. This randomized controlled trial studied 36 PDPN patients with severe lower limb pain.

The patients received either best medical treatment, or best medical treatment and SCS. Although the SCS treatment was called “risky” due to one patient who died because of a subdural hematoma, almost 60% of those treated with SCS had significant pain relief.

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