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Pruritus, neuraxial morphine and recrudescence of oral herpes simplex and treatment: an educational review in obstetric patients


Neuraxial opioids are well known to cause itching, which may be challenging to treat. Neuraxial morphine has been demonstrated to cause recrudescent herpes simplex viruses (HSV-1), especially in women during labor and childbirth with neuraxial analgesia, and may be an occult etiology of refractory itching. This educational review summaries the clinical and epidemiological characteristics associated with recrudescent HSV-1 in patients treated with neuraxial opioids, especially morphine

  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • Injections, Spinal
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Opioid-Related Disorders

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