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VASCONCELOS FILHO, Paulo de Oliveira; ZYLBERSZTEJN, Fernando Henrique Machado de Carvalho; SILVA, Magda Aparecida Santos da e PEREIRA, Mara Helena Corso. Alternative treatment for post-herpetic neuralgia after lung transplantation. Case report. Rev. dor [online]. 2012, vol.13, n.1, pp. 85-88. ISSN 1806-0013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-00132012000100016.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the pain remaining after the resolution of acute herpes zoster episode. This study aimed at reporting a case of PHN pain treatment in lung transplantated patient. CASE REPORT: Male patient, 73 years old, submitted to lung transplantation three years ago and under immunosuppressants. He developed herpes zoster one year ago with vesicles in the eighth intercostal space of the right hemithorax (RHT). Treatment was effective with ganciclovir, however the patient evolved with severe, constant burning pain worsened one month ago with intensity 9 according to the numeric visual scale (NVS), even with 600 mg/day gabapentin. At physical evaluation he presented a hyperesthesic reddish lesion in the RHT. Patient was treated with gabapentin (900 mg), amitriptyline (25 mg), dipirone (8 g) and oxycodone (20 mg) per day. Low intensity laser (LIL) was applied daily for one week, followed by treatment with 4% topic amitriptyline. Pain intensity decreased to 5. LIL frequency was decreased to once every two days with significant NVS improvement to 1 and 2. He was discharged with 25 mg/day oral amitriptyline and 4% topic amitriptyline. CONCLUSION: LIL and topic amitriptyline were effective for pain remission.
Palavras-chave : Amitriptyline; Herpes zoster; Laser beams; Lung transplantation.