Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Neuralgia Herpetic Incidence

Facts about post herpetic neuralgia:

  • About 10 percent of those with a herpes zoster develop post herpetic neuralgia.
  • Post herpetic neuralgia is much more common in the elderly: about 50 percent of those over 60 years old with a herpes zoster develop post herpetic neuralgia.

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Neuralgia Herpetic References
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