Feasibility of spinal cord stimulation in a patient with a cardiac pacemaker

Boleslav Kosharskyy, Dima Rozen

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Objective: To report about the safe use of a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) and a permanent cardiac pacemaker (PPM). Design: Open-label case report. Case Description: A 75-year-oid male with a history of diabetic polyneuropathy and a permanent pacemaker was followed for 6 months after implantation of a SCS. Conclusion: The simultaneous use of bipolar SCS in a patient with a PPM is not contraindicated. However, because false inhibition of a cardiac pacemaker may potentially lead to serious events, individual testing is mandatory to ascertain safety in each patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-252
Number of pages4
JournalPain physician
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetic polyneuropathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Spinal cord stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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