notalgia paresthetica


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Related to notalgia paresthetica: Meralgia paresthetica

notalgia paresthetica

(nō-tal'jē-ă par-es-thet'i-kă),
A unilateral, frequently pigmented, extremely itchy spot on the scapular area of the back, of unknown etiology. It is resistant to treatment.

notalgia paresthetica

A localized area of skin, usually of the upper back below the scapula, that itches and then becomes darkly pigmented as a result of habitual scratching. The itch (and the rash that accompany it) are thought to be the result of a focal sensory neuropathy.
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Localized pruritus of the midback, called notalgia paresthetica (NP), occurs in about 10% of the population.
In a few studies, spinal arthroses and protruding disks have correlated with the symptoms, offering highly suggestive circumstantial evidence that notalgia paresthetica is sometimes associated with arthritis and other conditions that produce changes in the spinal column.
Radiographic evidence obtained from some of his patients suggests that, as with notalgia paresthetica, arthritic changes or disc protrusion correlate with the itchy area.