Neurology Book


Brachioradial Pruritus

Aka: Brachioradial Pruritus, Brachioradialis Pruritus, Actinic Brachioradial Neuralgia
  1. See Also
    1. Pruritus Causes
  2. Epidemiology
    1. Affects Caucasians living in tropical regions
    2. More common in middle-aged women
  3. Pathophysiology: Postulated Mechanisms
    1. Cervical Disc Disease with nerve compression
      1. Heyl (1983) Arch Dermatol 119:115-6 [PubMed]
    2. Prolonged ultraviolet light exposure (e.g. tropics)
      1. Walcyk (1986) Br J Dermatol 115(2):177-80 [PubMed]
  4. Symptoms
    1. Onset often in mid-summer and resolution in December
    2. Pruritus of one or both arms
      1. Affects lateral upper arms and Shoulders
      2. Affects dorsal Forearms
    3. Other Paresthesias (tingling or burning)
  5. Signs
    1. No associated dermatitis
  6. Management
    1. Capsaicin cream
      1. Knight (1994) Int J Dermatol 33(3):206-9 [PubMed]
    2. Cutaneous Field Stimulation
      1. Wallengren (2001) Arch Dermatol 137(10):1323-5 [PubMed]
  7. References
    1. Veien (2001) J Am Acad Dermatol 44(4):704-5 [PubMed]

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