Is magnesium sulfate effective for pain in chronic postherpetic neuralgia patients comparing with ketamine infusion therapy?

@article{Kim2015IsMS,
  title={Is magnesium sulfate effective for pain in chronic postherpetic neuralgia patients comparing with ketamine infusion therapy?},
  author={Yang Hyun Kim and Pyung Bok Lee and Tak Kyu Oh},
  journal={Journal of clinical anesthesia},
  year={2015},
  volume={27 4},
  pages={296-300}
}
BACKGROUND Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a frequent debilitating complication and one of the most intractable pain disorders, particularly in elderly patients. Although tricyclic antidepressants, topical capsaicin, gabapentin, and oxycodone are effective for alleviating PHN, many patients remain refractory to current therapies. Here, the analgesic effects of ketamine or magnesium for PHN were assessed in an open prospective study. METHOD Thirty patients with severe, intractable PHN who were… CONTINUE READING