Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve stimulator placement in two soldiers with acute battlefield neuropathic pain.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Acute peripheral neuropathic pain after combat-related polytrauma is a common occurrence in the United States military that is often refractory to current drugs and regional anesthesia. Both spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation are successfully used for chronic neuropathic pain states, but are not reported for acute neuropathic pain. We present 2 cases of percutaneous ultrasound-guided sciatic peripheral nerve stimulation placement in soldiers who had conditions precluding them from spinal cord stimulation placement. Opioid reduction and marked increase in functionality were possible in one case, and cessation of opioid escalation, with eventual reduction after permanent implantation, was possible in the other.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kent, M; Upp, J; Spevak, C; Shannon, C; Buckenmaier, C

Published Date

  • April 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 114 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 875 - 878

PubMed ID

  • 22344240

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-7598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/ANE.0b013e318247f6b2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States