Diagnosis and Management of Neuropathic Itch

Jordan Daniel Rosen, Anna Chiara Fostini, Gil Yosipovitch

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Neuropathic pruritus is a challenging condition that can be caused by injury or dysfunction in any part of the nervous system. A vast array of clinical pictures exist, including both localized and generalized pruritus, and their principal entities are described in this article. Diagnosis is often difficult and depends on patient history, imaging, and neurophysiologic studies. Other causes of chronic itch should be excluded. The management of neuropathic itch is demanding and the majority of interventions are not curative. The best treatment options include anticonvulsants, topical anesthetics, and capsaicin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-224
Number of pages12
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • Diagnosis
  • Itch
  • Neuropathic
  • Peripheral nerves
  • Pruritus
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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