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Sensory and Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Postherpetic Neuralgia
  1. Jean-Pierre Lilley, MD, ChB,
  2. W. P. Daniel Su, MD and
  3. Josef K. Wang, MD*
  1. From the Departments of Anesthesiology and Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota.
  2. * Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.


The clinical courses of 51 patients with postherpetic pain who were referred to the Pain Clinic were reviewed. Twenty-three patients were treated on a trial basis with an intensive series of sensory and sympathetic blocks, whereas 28 control patients, who were seen before the initiation of this study, were treated with other modalities. Fifteen control patients (54%) were disabled by postherpetic neuralgia, as compared with four patients (17%) in the trial group.

  • Pain
  • postherpetic pain
  • Sensory nerve blocks
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Postherpetic neuralgia

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