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BACKGROUND Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a frequent complication of herpes zoster (HZ). Treatment results of this severe and long-lasting pain syndrome are often disappointing. From the point of view of possible prevention and early treatment, it is important to identify HZ patients who have an increased risk of developing PHN. OBJECTIVES Our goals were(More)
A live-attenuated vaccine against herpes zoster (HZ) has been approved for use, on the basis of a large-scale clinical trial that suggests that the vaccine is safe and efficacious. This study uses a Markov cohort model to estimate whether routine vaccination of the elderly (60+) would be cost-effective, when compared with other uses of health care(More)
BACKGROUND Postherpetic neuralgia is the most frequent complication of herpes zoster. Treatment of this neuropathic pain syndrome is difficult and often disappointing. We assessed the effectiveness of a single epidural injection of steroids and local anaesthetics for prevention of postherpetic neuralgia in older patients with herpes zoster. METHODS We(More)
OBJECTIVE This systematic review summarizes the evidence on the accuracy of tests for assessing ACL ruptures of the knee. SEARCH STRATEGY A computerized search of MEDLINE (1966-2003) and EMBASE (1980-2003) with additional reference tracking. SELECTION CRITERIA Articles included were written in English, French, German, or Dutch, and addressed the(More)
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the most frequent complication of herpes zoster (HZ) and difficult to treat. Timely identification of high-risk HZ-patients enables physicians to focus on PHN prevention. To assess which simple to measure factors are independent predictors of PHN, and whether psychosocial and serological/virological parameters have additional(More)
BACKGROUND Herpes zoster (HZ) is a painful disease affecting a considerable part of the elderly. Programmatic HZ vaccination of elderly people may considerably reduce HZ morbidity and its related costs, but the extent of these effects is unknown. In this article, the potential effects and cost-effectiveness of programmatic HZ vaccination of elderly in the(More)
As part of a series of studies on vaccine acceptance, we assessed determinants of compliance of the community-dwelling elderly with herpes zoster (HZ) vaccination in an existing influenza vaccination program. General practitioners (GPs) sent out a questionnaire to 1778 patients aged > or =65 years, and offered them free HZ vaccination simultaneously with(More)
BACKGROUND: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is by far the most common complication of herpes zoster (HZ) and one of the most intractable pain disorders. Since PHN is seen most often in the elderly, the number of patients with this disorder is expected to increase in our ageing society. PHN may last for months to years and has a high impact on the quality of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine adequacy of antithrombotic treatment in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. To determine risk factors for under- and over-treatment. DESIGN Retrospective, cross-sectional study of electronic health records from 36 general practitioners in 2008. SETTING General practice in the Netherlands. SUBJECTS Primary care(More)