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Postherpetic Neuralgia: A Model for Treating Severe Pain

Postherpetic Neuralgia: A Model for Treating Severe Pain

Postherpetic neuralgia is a disabling condition that impairs quality of life. Varying definitions of PHN have made it difficult to quantify its prevalence or qualify its severity. Clinically, PHN is a consequence of reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. The result of viral damage to the nervous system, PHN can be severe and intractable to therapy. Targeted analgesia may be useful in reducing the chronic discomfort of PHN caused by central sensitization. Undertreatment of PHN is common and can carry costly implications for third-party payers.

Highlights:

  • Overview of Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
  • Description of Neuropathic Pain
  • Clinical Manifestation of PHN
  • Risk Factors
  • Clinical, Economic, and Quality-of-Life Burdens
  • Implications for Payers

Scientific Understanding of PHN and Its Treatment

  • Etiology of PHN
  • Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels
  • Consequences of Neuronal Damage
  • Targeted Peripheral Analgesics
  • Clinical Trials of Lidocaine Patch 5%

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4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015