Dorsal root ganglion stimulation for refractory post-herpetic neuralgia

Jung H. Kim, Anthony Apigo, Camille Fontaine

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Abstract

Post-herpetic neuralgia is a chronic neuropathic pain disorder that is the sequela of the varicella zoster virus reactivation in the dorsal root ganglion. A variety of treatment modalities have been implemented, but pharmacologic treatments are often limited due to side effects and interventional procedures have yielded mixed results without promising long-term benefits being consistently seen. A dorsal root ganglion stimulator for treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia is a novel treatment option as it is able to specifically target the area affected. We present 3 patients who underwent implantation of permanent dorsal root ganglion stimulators and had a greater than 50% decrease in scoring on numerical rating scale (NRS) up to 18 months post-procedure and significantly reduced analgesic requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)794-798
Number of pages5
JournalPain Practice
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • dorsal root ganglion
  • post-herpetic neuralgia
  • spinal cord stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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