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Gen Dent. 2008 Sep-Oct;56(6):563-6; quiz 567-8, 591-2.

Prevention and management of trigeminal herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia.

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  • 1Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Tripler Army Medical Center, Tripler AMC, Hawaii, USA.


Herpes zoster (HZ, also known as shingles) is caused by the reactivation of a dormant varicella zoster virus and can be a source of significant morbidity. Oral manifestations can include vesicular eruptions of the mucosa, osteonecrosis with tooth loss, and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). This article discusses treatment for trigeminal nerve involvement with herpes zoster, as well as for the painful syndrome PHN.

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