Research Article

Stimulation of dorsal column in multiple sclerosis.

Br Med J 1980; 280 doi: (Published 29 March 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;280:889
  1. C H Hawkes,
  2. M Myke,
  3. A Desmond,
  4. M I Bultitude,
  5. G S Kanegaonkar


    The effect of stimulating the dorsal column in 19 selected patients with multiple sclerosis was studied in detail over two weeks. Before and during stimulation the patients were examined clinically; videotape recordings made of their movements; psychomotor performance tested; electrolaryngography performed; and urodynamic studies carried out. Improvement was seen in walking speed, power in certain muscle groups, chronic pain, and bladder function. The motor improvement was thought to be related to the effects of high motivation and practice, and therefore to be of doubtful importance. The changes in bladder function were more convincing and justify further study.