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Chronic Chest Wall Pain in Postherpetic Neuralgia 

Chronic Chest Wall Pain in Postherpetic Neuralgia
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Chronic Chest Wall Pain in Postherpetic Neuralgia
Author(s):

Kenneth D. Candido

, Teresa M. Kusper

, and Nebojsa Nick Knezevic

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190271787.003.0014
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date: 10 December 2019

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a debilitating condition that frequently arises after herpes zoster (HZ) caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is characterized by severe neuropathic pain and sensory disturbances persisting after the resolution of characteristic vesicular skin lesions. Most commonly affected are the thoracic dermatomes. Trigeminal (V1), cervical, and lumbar nerves are other frequently affected sites. Early treatment shortens the duration of acute HZ and may prevent the onset of PHN. A variety of modalities are utilized to treat PHN, including chemical compounds, interventional pain techniques, and neuromodulation. HZ vaccine is recommended for individuals more than 60 years old, and it is currently the best method of averting HZ and consequent progression to PHN.

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