The overall incidence of herpes zoster in Europe is approximately 3 per 1000 people per year and more than 10 per 1000 people per year in those aged >80 years. Post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a common debilitating complication of herpes zoster, particularly in patients aged >50 years, in persons with severe pain or rash at presentation, and in those with significant prodromal symptoms. Antiviral drugs can effectively control acute symptoms and, if used early enough in the course of the illness, can help prevent the development of PHN and other complications. However, despite this, many patients do not receive such treatment. The economic impact of zoster and PHN is largely underestimated in Europe. Furthermore, there is considerable variation throughout Europe in the management of herpes zoster. Use of antiviral therapy including the newer potent antiviral agents such as brivudin, which requires less frequent administration than acyclovir, is improving patient outcomes in some European countries. However, in many countries, patient awareness of herpes zoster and, as a result, overall antiviral use is low. Guidelines recommending the use of antiviral agents, particularly in patients at risk of developing PHN, are available but are not widely used. More needs to be done to educate the general public and increase awareness among primary healthcare providers of the benefits of timely and appropriate pharmacological therapy in patients with herpes zoster. Â© 2005 Adis Data Information BV. All rights reserved.
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Volpi, A., Gross, G., Hercogova, J., & Johnson, R.W. (2005). Current management of herpes zoster: The European view. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL DERMATOLOGY, 6(5), 317-325.|
|IF:||Con Impact Factor ISI|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive|
|Revisione (peer review):||Sì, ma tipo non specificato|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.2165/00128071-200506050-00005|
|Stato di pubblicazione:||Pubblicato|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Titolo:||Current management of herpes zoster: The European view|
|Autori interni:||VOLPI, ANTONIO|
|Autori:||Volpi, A; Gross, G; Hercogova, J; Johnson, RW|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|
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