Central post-stroke pain syndrome yet another use for gabapentin?

Boqing Chen, Todd P. Stitik, Patrick M. Foye, Scott F. Nadler, Joel A. DeLisa

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Although gabapentin was originally developed for treating partial seizures, it has been used mainly to treat various peripheral neuropathic pain conditions; however, there is very limited experience with gabapentin for the treatment of pain conditions of the central nervous system like central post-stroke pain syndrome. We report the case of a 45-yr old man with central post-stroke pain syndrome who failed to respond to a variety of oral analgesics, but within 2 wk of the inception of gabapentin therapy, his average pain was significantly reduced and his level of function improved. We conclude that gabapentin may be an effective medication for the treatment of central post-stroke pain syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-720
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


  • Central Nervous System
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Gabapentin
  • Pain

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