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2022 Aug

Pain Physician



Correlation Between Electromyography and Severity and Prognosis of Upper Limb Herpes Zoster.


Tang J, Luo G, Tao J, Zhu J, He Q, Ni H, Xie K, Xu L, Yao M
Pain Physician. 2022 Aug; 25(5):E749-E757.
PMID: 35901486.


There are differences in the clinical treatment schemes for patients with different severities of herpes zoster (HZ). Therefore, effective and accurate evaluation of disease severity is of great significance for the formulation of treatment plans. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) with long-term chronic pain leads to anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts, which place a heavy burden on society and the family. Therefore, identifying risk factors and taking early intervention to reduce the occurrence of PHN is meaningful. Electromyography (EMG) can provide technical support for the early diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy. However, the application of EMG in HZ and PHN has rarely been reported. The purpose of this study was to compare the detection indices of EMG in patients with different severities and prognoses of HZ and to analyze the application of EMG in severity and prognosis of HZ.