Katherine E. Galluzzi

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Treatment strategies for herpes zoster infection include limiting viral replication with anti-infective agents as well as limiting associated acute and chronic neuropathic pain with a variety of analgesics. The author outlines currently available pharmacotherapeutic options, from first-line (eg, anti-infective agents, tricyclic antidepressants,(More)
OBJECTIVE Aims of this consensus panel were to determine (1) an optimal symptom-based method for assessing opioid-induced constipation in clinical practice and (2) a threshold of symptom severity to prompt consideration of prescription therapy. METHODS A multidisciplinary panel of 10 experts with extensive knowledge/experience with opioid-associated(More)
More than 5 million people in the United States are afflicted with Alzheimer disease, a condition that is the seventh leading cause of death in the nation. Lacking definitive disease-modifying treatments, modern care for individuals with Alzheimer disease is necessarily multimodal, combining the use of approved pharmaceutic agents (ie, acetylcholinesterase(More)
Chronic pain, whether localized or generalized, is a widespread, often debilitating condition affecting > 25% of adults in the United States. Oral agents are the cornerstone of chronic pain treatment, but their use may be limited in certain patients, particularly the elderly. Topical therapies offer advantages over systemically administered medications,(More)
Evidence-based strategies for the management of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) include the use of antiviral agents in acute zoster and specific analgesics in PHN. Antiviral agents are effective in reducing the severity and duration of acute herpes zoster when given within 72 hours of rash onset, but they do not prevent PHN. Anticonvulsants,(More)
Pain may be the most common reason patients seek treatment from physicians. When persistent and unrelieved, pain can frustrate both the person suffering with this condition and the physician trying to alleviate it. Relief from chronic pain may be particularly difficult to achieve and fraught with misconceptions. Treatment usually requires trials of(More)
Although direct care of the patient with Alzheimer's disease remains the focus of the physician's concern, the importance of evaluating and responding to the needs of that patient's caregivers cannot be ignored. Osteopathic physicians provide a truly holistic approach to treatment of the patient with Alzheimer's disease when that treatment includes the care(More)
Pain may be the most common reason patients seek treatment from physicians. When persistent and unrelieved, pain can frustrate both the person suffering with this condition and the physician trying to alleviate it. Relief from such discomfort may be particularly difficult to achieve and fraught with misconceptions. Treatment usually requires trials of(More)
The effects of using comprehensive geriatric assessment, a recently developed approach found to be effective in evaluating elderly patients, was explored with 41 community-based elderly individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities to determine whether it would reveal a greater number of medical, dental, and psychiatric diagnoses when(More)
Editorials M husband, Kevin, and I vacationed at Maho Bay on St John, US Virgin Islands, many years ago. The campground’s platform tents, visited regularly by lizards, peacocks, and an occasional mongoose, were accessible by a maze of wooden stairways and boardwalks meandering up the steep hillside. At the base of the hillside lay a pristine,(More)