How is neuropathic flank pain associated with herpes zoster (shingles) characterized?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Another cause of neuropathic flank pain is herpes zoster (shingles). Classically accompanied by a dermatomal skin eruption, this infection of nerve cell bodies produces burning pain that generally is limited to a discrete band that corresponds to a dermatome. The pain usually appears before the characteristic skin changes and can persist for extended periods after cutaneous resolution (post-herpetic neuralgia).


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