Livshits et al. (2002) conducted a case control study comparing two approaches of dorsal longitudinal T-myelotomy (i.e., Pourpre vs. Bischof II) with respect to their effectiveness in reducing pain and spasticity in people with SCI, initially refractory to more conservative approaches (N=40). Systematic follow-up assessments at 6 months, 5 and 10 years were conducted. In this study, significant pain reduction was obtained with either of these surgical techniques, as measured using scores obtained from the Short Form – McGill Pain Questionnaire, the Present Pain Intensity scale, and a visual analog scale, but this appeared to be more notable with the Pourpre versus the Bischof II procedure.
There is level 3 evidence (from one case control study; Livshits et al. 2002) to support the use of dorsal longitudinal T-myelotomy procedures, in particular Pourpre’s technique, to reduce spastic pain post SCI.
Dorsal longitudinal T-myelotomy procedures reduce pain post SCI.