J Korean Pain Soc.  2004 Dec;17(Suppl):S17-S21. 10.3344/kjp.2004.17.S.S17.

Treatment of Herpes Zoster: Nerve Block

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and Anesthesia and Pain Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kbyoon@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr

Abstract

Any therapy for herpes zoster should accelerate healing and remove the pain, as well as reduce complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia. It is important to effectively treat herpetic pain to avoid the development of postherpetic neuralgia. Nerve block has been advocated as a therapeutic modality in the management of herpes zoster. By increasing the nerve blood flow, hence improving the nerve injury and reducing the pain impulse to the dorsal horn, nerve block reduces the acute zoster pain, which may reduce the incidence of postherpetic neuralgia development.

Keyword

herpes zoster; nerve block; postherpetic neuralgia
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