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Peripheral nerve stimulation for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia: A Case report

Author(s): Scott C. Palmer | Alexis A. Jimenez

Journal: Acta Medica Academica
ISSN 1840-1848

Volume: 40;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 187;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Postherpetic neuralgia | Peripheral nerve stimulation | Neuropathic pain

Neuromodulation techniques have been successfully used for a varietyof neuropathic pain conditions. Th e aim of this paper is to presenta case of the successful use of a subcutaneously placed peripheralnerve stimulator for treatment of intractable postherpetic neuralgia(PHN). A 57-year old man presented with a two-year history of leftthoracic pain that developed aft er a vesicular rash. Focal neuropathic pain had not responded to treatment with multiple analgesic medications and steroid injections. Th e patient had significant relief following implantation of a peripheral nerve stimulator. Th is case represents a contribution to the small but growing body of evidence indicating that peripheral nerve stimulation may be an effective option for treatment of PHN not responsive to less invasive modalities.
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