Diagnosis and assessment of pain associated with herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia.


Journal Article (Review)

UNLABELLED: Accurate evaluation of pain plays a critical role in identifying new interventions for the treatment and prevention of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Different types of pain and other sensory symptoms are found in patients with herpes zoster, and these vary greatly with respect to their presence, location, duration, intensity, and quality. The results of recent studies of herpes zoster and PHN and the development of new methods for assessing neuropathic pain provide a foundation for diagnosing and assessing the pain associated with herpes zoster. We review the results of recent research to identify the essential components that must be considered in developing an evidence-based description of pain associated with herpes zoster and PHN. PERSPECTIVE: Comprehensive assessments of pain are necessary for clinical research on the epidemiology, natural history, pathophysiologic mechanisms, treatment, and prevention of pain in herpes zoster and PHN.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dworkin, RH; Gnann, JW; Oaklander, AL; Raja, SN; Schmader, KE; Whitley, RJ

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 1 Suppl 1

Start / End Page

  • S37 - S44

PubMed ID

  • 18166464

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18166464

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1526-5900

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpain.2007.10.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States