anterolateral cordotomy

an·ter·o·lat·er·al cor·dot·o·my

division of the anterolateral quadrant of the spinal cord to section the spinothalamic tract.

anterolateral cordotomy

Spinothalamic tractomy Pain management A type of neuroablative procedure in which a lesion is created in the spinothalamic tract as a means of interrupting pain transmission; open cordotomies require laminectomies, but result in excellent analgesia and can be done in the thoracic region for leg pain. See Neuroablative procedure.
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Martin at Spiller's investigation in 1911 performed the first anterolateral cordotomy for pain treatment in humans (31, 32).

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