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Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Dec 10;7(1):e41378. doi: 10.5812/aapm.41378. eCollection 2017 Feb.

Treatment Option for Refractory Postherpetic Neuralgia - Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block: Two Case Reports.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Jeju National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Jeju National University, Jeju, South Korea.


Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a severe neuropathic pain syndrome. The treatment of PHN is complex and refractory in some patients. We present two cases with refractory anterior abdominal wall pain due to PHN that were successfully treated with transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block. The TAP block seems to be an alternative for patients with PHN who suffer from anterior abdominal wall pain accompanied by allodynia and hyperalgesia and do not respond to the existing conservative treatments.


Abdominal Wall Pain; Postherpetic Neuralgia; Transversus Abdominis Plane Block

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