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Walter J. Levy, Alan Nutkiewicz, Q. Michael Ditmore and Clark Watts

✓ Dorsal root entry zone lesions have been documented as effective for control of intractable pain in patients with brachial plexus avulsion or severe spinal cord injury. These lesions are usually made with the radiofrequency technique. The authors report three cases in which the CO2 laser was used as an alternative means of making the lesions. This latter technique provided effective pain relief in two of the patients and was efficient to use. It was noted that the presence of overlying scar tissue can be deceptive in judging the depth of the lesion made with the laser. The CO2 laser provided a means of producing controlled spinal cord lesions which may be more precise than the radiofrequency method.