Postherpetic Neuralgia

Mihir Joshi, Adedeji Olusanya, Maxim S. Eckmann

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Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a debilitating sequela of varicella zoster reactivation that usually is preceded by herpes zoster (“shingles”) infection. As the virus resides in sensory neuronal ganglia, the distribution of the zoster rash, and the subsequent neuralgia, occurs in the distribution of that sensory ganglion or one of its distal afferent fibers. This makes it a potential target for peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) for patients who have chronic PHN that is inadequately managed with more conservative approaches. PNS provides a minimally invasive treatment option for durable pain relief in PHN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPeripheral Nerve Stimulation
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Guide
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323830072
ISBN (Print)9780323830089
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • herpes zoster
  • peripheral nerve stimulation
  • postherpetic neuralgia
  • postherpetic pain
  • shingles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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