Notalgia paresthetica

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Notalgia paresthetica

Notalgia paresthetica is a common chronic, localized itch, that usually affects patches of skin on the upper back. Occasionally be more widespread and involve other parts of the back, the shoulders and upper chest. People feel both the sensation of an itch and paresthesia (a sensation of tingling, pricking, or numbness of the skin).  There are no signs on the skin except for signs of chronic scratching and rubbing.  Amyloid deposits (a collection of a specific type of protein) may be found in skin biopsies, but this is thought to be a secondary event.  The cause of the itch in notalgia paresthetica may be due to the compression of spinal nerves by bones or muscles as the nerves emerge through the vertebrae to the back muscles.  Sometimes degenerative changes in the area of the vertebrae that innervate the affected back muscles can be seen, but not always.  Symptoms of notalgia paresthetica may respond to topical capsaicin treatment.
 

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The terms "Notalgia paresthetica" returned 2 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Notalgia paresthetica: successful treatment with exercises.
 

Author(s): Anne B Fleischer, Tammy J Meade, Alan B Fleischer

Journal: Acta Derm. Venereol.. 2011 May;91(3):356-7.

 

Last Updated: 6 May 2011

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Osteopathic manipulative treatment in the management of notalgia paresthetica.
 

Author(s): Blakely S Richardson, Bill V Way, Arthur J Speece

Journal: J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2009 Nov;109(11):605-8.

 

Notalgia paresthetica is a chronic sensory neuropathy characterized by pruritus of the upper to middle back, typically below the left shoulder blade. Symptoms may include pain, hyperesthesia, paresthesia, and hyperpigmentation of the affected area. Although the etiologic process of ...

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2009

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