The development of neuropathic pain following stroke is not uncommon. The consequences include significant disabilities and depression. Treatment can often be difficult and responses unsatisfactory. We report a patient with severe central post-stroke pain (CPSP) of the right leg benefiting from a combination of Western multidisciplinary therapies and acupuncture. A literature search has revealed that relatively few studies have been done on the management of CPSP, compared with other types of neuropathic pain. Amitriptyline and carbamazepine were found to produce positive effects on post-stroke pain in one small study; lamotrigine and gabapentin are two newer drugs which appear promising. To the best of our knowledge, the use of acupuncture for the treatment of CPSP has not been previously reported.
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Hwee Ling Yen, MD
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
c/o Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital, 17 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9
Singapore 569766 (Singapore)
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Received: December 17, 2001
Accepted: July 30, 2002
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Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 18
Cerebrovascular Diseases (Official Journal of the European Stroke Council)
Vol. 16, No. 1, Year 2003 (Cover Date: Released May 2003)
Journal Editor: J. Bogousslavsky, Lausanne; M.G. Hennerici, Mannheim
ISSN: 1015–9770 (print), 1421–9786 (Online)
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Published online: 5/16/2003
Issue release date: May 2003
Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0
ISSN: 1015-9770 (Print)
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