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Sympathetic Nerve Blocks in Mandibular Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia

Authors

  • Rafael Tomaz Gomes DDS,

  • Roberto Brígido De Nazareth Pedras DDS,

  • Josefino Fagundes Da Silva MD,

  • Maria Cássia Ferreira De Aguiar DDS, PhD


  • From the Pain Clinic, Hospital das Clínicas Federal, University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil (Drs. Gomes, Pedras, and Silva); Department of Surgery, School of Medicine - Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil (Dr. Silva); Department of Oral Pathology and Surgery, School of Dentistry Federal, University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil (Dr. Aguiar).

Address all correspondence to Dr. Maria Cássia Ferreira de Aguiar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Faculdade de Odontologia, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6627 – Pampulha, CEP: 31.270-901, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

Abstract

Sympathetic blocks have been indicated for the diagnosis and treatment of painful neuropathic conditions, such as herpes zoster (HZ) and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). The purpose of this article is to report a case of mandibular HZ and PHN in an HIV-positive patient, and discuss the efficacy of sympathetic nerve blocks for pain relief and prevention of PHN.

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