Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pain after Herpes Zoster Evaluation

The evaluation of post herpetic neuralgia begins with a history and physical examination.

A person must have herpes zoster, or shingles, in order to have post herpetic neuralgia. Physical findings are located in the area where the shingles rash occurred.

Physical findings in someone with post herpetic neuralgia include:

Tests are not required to make the diagnosis of post herpetic neuralgia.

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Last Updated: Jul 7, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pain after Herpes Zoster References
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