Trigeminal neuralgia associated with herpes zoster

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Neuropathy of the ophthalmic nerve (the first branch of the trigeminal nerve, CN V: V1) is the most common manifestation of herpes zoster. Neuropathy of the ophthalmic nerve occurs in 20% of cases of herpes zoster. Three types of pain are differentiated in trigeminal neuralgia: chronic burning pain, paroxysmal pain, and pain resulting from nonpain stimulation. Cutaneous hypoesthesia, anesthesia, and dysesthesia develop. Postherpetic neuralgia is characterized by pain persisting 3 months and longer after herpetic eruption. Combination therapy including early administration of antiviral drugs and tricyclic antidepressants has been proved to be most effective.

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M. A. Piradov

Research Center of Neurology, Moscow
A.I. Yevdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Moscow

Author for correspondence.
Email: platonova@neurology.ru
Russian Federation

M. Yu. Maksimova

Research Center of Neurology, Moscow
A.I. Yevdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Moscow

Email: platonova@neurology.ru
Russian Federation

N. A. Sineva

A.I. Yevdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Moscow

Email: platonova@neurology.ru
Russian Federation

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