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  1. 2021;5;359-362 High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain Management in Refractory Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Case Report
    Case Report
    Ashley C. Wetzig, MD, and Krishna B. Shah, MD.

Background: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) affects men more than women and commonly results in chronic back pain with spine and sacroiliac joint involvement.

Case Report: The patient is a 53-year-old man with a 25-year history of worsening AS. After not responding to available conservative therapies and not qualifying for back surgery, the patient underwent a 10-kHz high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (HF10 SCS) trial. After a successful trial without complications, permanent implantation was pursued with subsequent one-week postoperative outcomes demonstrating Visual Analog Scale score reductions of 87.5% in back pain and 50% in leg pain, an Oswestry Disability Index score decrease of 83%, and overall improvement in previously problematic health concepts on the EuroQol-5 Dimensions-3 Levels and 36-Item Short Form version 2 surveys.

Conclusions: This report highlights the successful use of Senza’s SCS system applying Nevro’s HF10 therapy in a patient with refractory symptoms of AS, highlighting potential applications of this technique which have yet to be studied.

Key words: Ankylosing spondylitis, high-frequency spinal cord stimulation, chronic pain, back pain, case report