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2020 Sep

Pain Physician



Computed Tomography-Guided Percutaneous Coblation of the Thoracic Nerve Root for Treatment of Postherpetic Neuralgia.


Luo C, Yang B, Yang L-Q, Wu B-S, Wang X-P, He L-L, Zhao R, Ni J-X, Tang Y-Z
Pain Physician. 2020 Sep; 23(5):E487-E496.
PMID: 32967399.


Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is one of the most intractable pain disorders and often does not respond to medication, physical, and interventional procedures. Coblation technology has been demonstrated to have potential for neuralgia, but there are rare reports of the efficacy and security of coblation for PHN. The thoracic segment is the most common predilection part of PHN, so we conducted this long-term study to investigate the results of coblation for the treatment of thoracic PHN.