This case report presents an application of peripheral nerve stimulation to the median nerve to treat a patient with intractable pain due to a lipofibromatous hamartoma of the left upper extremity. Ultrahigh-frequency ultrasound was used to determine the boundaries of the hamartoma. The patient then underwent an ultrasound-guided implantation of 2 stimulator electrodes distal to the elbow along the median nerve with stimulation coverage achieved at 1.2 and 1.4 mA, respectively. After an uneventful procedure, the pain score immediately decreased from 9 out of 10 to less than 6 on a numeric rating scale. Two weeks after the procedure, the patient reported substantial pain relief, with an average pain level of 5 to 6 out of 10. Twelve months after implantation, the patient maintained significant pain relief, rating her average pain level as a 4 to 6 out of 10. Placement of a percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulator was safe and effective with no adverse events being reported at the 12-month follow-up.
- case report
- Chronic pain
- neuropathic pain
- percutaneous nerve stimulation
- peripheral nerve stimulation