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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-69
Notalgia paresthetica

Department of Dermatology, B. S. Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.25215

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Gharami R. Notalgia paresthetica. Indian J Dermatol 2006;51:68-9

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In 1934, notalgia paresthetica was first described and named.[1] It is characterised by episodic pain or itching at a small area of the skin, beyond easy reach, usually close to the medial border of the scapula.

A 20 year-old young women was presented at medicine out-door with complain of moderate to severe occasional pain at left scapula for one month duration. But as no definite cause was found, she was referred to skin out-door. On examination, she indicated the site of pain, at the junction of lower 1/3 and upper 2/3 of medial border of left scapula [Figure - 1]. But no other skin change was noticed as observed by others.[2] Psychological examination found no abnormality.

Though the pain was relieved spontaneously within 2-3 hour of occurrence, she was aksed to apply eutectic mixture of local anesthetic (EMLA) cream, 4 times daily for 2 weeks but failed to respond. Then, she was given capsaicin containing cream (0.25 mg/g) thrice daily and responded well as also reported by Wallengren and Klinker.[3]

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1.Astwazaturow M. Uber parsthetishe Neuralgien und eine bzondere form derselben - Notalgias paresthetica. Nervenarzt 1934; 133:88-96.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Springall Dr, Kranth SS, Kirkham N et al . Symptoms of notalgia paresthetica may be explained by increased dermal innervation. J Invest Dermatol 1991; 97:555-61  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Wallengren J, Klinker M. Successful treatment of notalgia paresthetica with topical capsaicin: vehical-controlled, double blind, cross-over study. J Am Acad Dermotol 1995;32:287-9.  Back to cited text no. 3    


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