Lesions of the dorsal horn (DREZ operation) have been reported to be useful in reducing pain secondary to avulsion of the brachial plexus. Ten patients had the DREZ operation for this condition at The Johns Hopkins Hospital by one of us (JNC) between 1981 and 1985. Radiofrequency heat lesions were made. The patients were interviewed 7-52 months after the operation by one of two individuals not involved in the procedure to assess pain relief and postoperative complications. The mean pain relief was 85%, and there were no significant complications. It is concluded that the DREZ operation is the treatment of choice for treatment of severe pain that results from avulsion of the brachial plexus.
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- Clinical Neurology