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2020 Apr 22

Clin Auton Res

Dissociation between reduced pain and arterial blood pressure following epidural spinal cord stimulation in patients with chronic pain: A retrospective study.


Acute pain and resting arterial blood pressure (BP) are positively correlated in patients with chronic pain. However, it remains unclear whether treatment for chronic pain reduces BP. Therefore, in a retrospective study design, we tested the hypothesis that implantation of an epidural spinal cord stimulator (SCS) device to treat chronic pain would significantly reduce clinic pain ratings and BP and that these reductions would be significantly correlated.