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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for chronic pain: Time to evolve from exploration to confirmation?


In the current issue of PAIN®, Baron Short and colleagues report on an interesting clinical pilot study of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) applied to the left prefrontal cortex in patients with fibromyalgia [1]. While others have investigated the use of rTMS in fibromyalgia [2] and [4] A. Passard, N. Attal, R. Benadhira, L. Brasseur, G. Saba and P. Sichere et al., Effects of unilateral repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the motor cortex on chronic widespread pain in fibromyalgia, Brain 130 (2007), pp. 2661–2670. Full Text via CrossRef | View Record in Scopus | Cited By in Scopus (32)[4] this study is the first to apply high frequency rTMS to the prefrontal cortex for this condition. Importantly, and fairly uniquely within its field, the authors utilise a sham condition for rTMS that appears to effectively control for the sensory, visual and auditory cues associated with this treatment.


peer-reviewed, chronic pain, transcranial magnetic stimulation

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