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Year : 1971  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 103--105

Radiation Therapy in Herpes Zoster and Post Herpetic Neuralgia


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In the above series there were 5 cases of herpes zoster with severe neuralgic pain and active skin lesions and all were past 45 years of age. These patients were most likely to develop post herpetic neuralgia as a complication. When these five cases were given paravertebral X-ray therapy, the pain was promptly controlled and none developed post herpetic neuralgia. In the single case who had already developed post herpetic neuralgia X-ray therapy produced partial relief from pain and required corticosteroids for further relief. These findings suggest that paravertebral X-ray therapy is useful in preventing post herpetic neuralgia and may also help in relieving/reducing pain in cases where this complication had already developed.

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