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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Symptoms of notalgia paresthetica may be explained by increased dermal innervation.
Notalgia paresthetica associated with nerve root impingement.
Neuropathic itch of the back: a case of notalgia paresthetica. Ann Dermatol.
Serratus muscle stimulation effectively treats notalgia paresthetica caused by long thoracic nerve dysfunction: a case series.
Notalgia paresthetica associated with cervical spinal stenosis and cervicothoracic disk disease at C4 through C7.
Considerable variability in the efficacy of 8% capsaicin topical patches in the treatment of chronic pruritus in 3 patients with notalgia paresthetica. Ann Dermatol.
Notalgia paresthetica (NP) is a condition characterized mainly by unilateral pruritis in an area medial to the scapula and lateral to the thoracic spine.
Notalgia paresthetica, like DSN neuropathy, is predominantly a chronic condition found in middle to older aged women at a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio versus men.
Notalgia paresthetica following neuralgic amyotrophy: a case report.
Localized pruritus of the midback, called notalgia paresthetica (NP), occurs in about 10% of the population.
After exiting the spinal column, the nerves make a 90-degree turn so they can go through the muscles to the skin of the back, which is "a unique course for a very short nerve" and may irritate that nerve, resulting in notalgia paresthetica. 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.
Radiographs suggest that, as with notalgia paresthetica, arthritic changes or disc protrusion correlate with the itchy area.