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Vol. 16, No. 1, 2003
Issue release date: May 2003
Cerebrovasc Dis 2003;16:27–30

An East-West Approach to the Management of Central Post-Stroke Pain

Yen H.L. · Chan W.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, Singapore

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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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