In recent years, the delivery of health services has undergone a major paradigm shift towards expanded outpatient services and widespread use of telemedicine. Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a treatment recalcitrant neuropathic pain condition referring to pain persisting more than three months from the initial onset of an acute herpes zoster. QUTENZA® (capsaicin 8% patch) is a single 1-hr localized treatment for PHN and can provide several months of pain relief per application. However, patient access to capsaicin 8% patch is limited due to sensitive handling protocols that require the patch application to occur under physicians or healthcare professionals under the close supervision of a physician. Herein, we describe a successful treatment of PHN at-home, using capsaicin 8% patch, performed under full supervision and instruction from a physician using video telehealth services. Significance: This is a case report of the successful treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia at-home using Capsaicin 8% patch. The procedure was performed under full supervision and instruction from a physician using video telehealth services. Not only did the patient tolerate the procedure and have significant efficacy, she voiced preference to repeat treatment in this manner versus going back to the office.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine