8 luglio 2013 American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine – Treatment of Postherpetic Pain With Scrambler Therapy, a Patient-Specific Neurocutaneous Electrical Stimulation Device

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine 8 luglio 2013
Treatment of Postherpetic Pain With Scrambler Therapy, a Patient-Specific Neurocutaneous Electrical Stimulation Device

.                Thomas J. Smith, MD1

.                Giuseppe Marineo, ScD2

.                1Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

.                2Delta Research & Development, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

.                Thomas J. Smith, MD, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins, Weinberg 1100, 401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA. Email: tsmit136@jhmi.edu

Abstract

Objectives: Postherpetic neuropathy (PHN) is common, severe, and often refractory to treatment. We treated 10 patients with refractory PHN using Scrambler therapy, a neurocutaneous stimulation device that delivers “nonpain” information with surface electrodes.

Methods: Scrambler therapy was given as 30-minute sessions daily for 10 days. Pain was recorded before and after treatment. Two centers.

Result: The average pain score rapidly diminished from 7.64 ± 1.46 at baseline to 0.42 ± 0.89 at 1 month, a 95% reduction, with continued relief at 2 and 3 months. Patients achieved maximum pain relief with less than 5 treatments.

Discussion: Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on PHN, with prompt and continued relief and no side effects. Further research is warranted.

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