What is the role of surgery in the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)?

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: W Alvin McElveen, MD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) lesions have been used.

    • Efficacy - Improvement rate is 20% in long-term studies.

    • Complications - Gait disturbances are experienced by 12% of treated patients.

  • Miscellaneous treatment

    • Epidural steroids [14]

    • Nerve blocks [14]


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