Holistic approach to treatment of intractable central neuropathic itch

Ashley R. Curtis, Charles Tegeler, Jonathan Burdette, Gil Yosipovitch

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Abstract

Central neuropathic itch can be a lifelong debilitating condition and treatment challenge. We report a patient with a traumatic brain injury with severe intractable pruritus who failed extensive pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment but responded to a holistic approach using healing touch. We discuss the complexity of this type of neuropathic itch and present a holistic approach as an adjunct to therapy in reducing itch intensity. This case presentation along with the literature discussed suggests a therapeutic strategy for the management of complicated central neuropathic itch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)955-959
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume64
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • central neuropathic itch
  • generalized pruritus
  • holistic medicine
  • neuropathic itch
  • pruritus treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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