Effects of applying nerve blocks to prevent postherpetic neuralgia in patients with acute herpes zoster: a systematic review and meta-analysis

@inproceedings{Kim2017EffectsOA,
  title={Effects of applying nerve blocks to prevent postherpetic neuralgia in patients with acute herpes zoster: a systematic review and meta-analysis},
  author={Hyun Jung Kim and Hyeong sik Ahn and Jae Young Lee and Seong Soo Choi and Yu Seon Cheong and Koo Kwon and Syn Hae Yoon and Jeong Gill Leem},
  booktitle={The Korean journal of pain},
  year={2017}
}
BACKGROUND Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a common and painful complication of acute herpes zoster. In some cases, it is refractory to medical treatment. Preventing its occurrence is an important issue. We hypothesized that applying nerve blocks during the acute phase of herpes zoster could reduce PHN incidence by attenuating central sensitization and minimizing nerve damage and the anti-inflammatory effects of local anesthetics and steroids. METHODS This systematic review and meta-analysis… CONTINUE READING
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