Neural processing of itch

Tasuku Akiyama, E. Carstens

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

171 Scopus citations


While considerable effort has been made to investigate the neural mechanisms of pain, much less effort has been devoted to itch, at least until recently. However, itch is now gaining increasing recognition as a widespread and costly medical and socioeconomic issue. This is accompanied by increasing interest in the underlying neural mechanisms of itch, which has become a vibrant and rapidly-advancing field of research. The goal of the present forefront review is to describe the recent progress that has been made in our understanding of itch mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-714
Number of pages18
StatePublished - Oct 10 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Itch
  • Pruritogens
  • Pruritus
  • Scratching behavior
  • Spinal cord
  • Trigeminal caudalis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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