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Brachioradial pruritus - descriptive analysis of Brazilian case series.
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PMID:  23280069     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Background: The epidemiology and clinical features of brachioradial pruritus are variably described in the literature. We sought to analyze these features in a large group of Brazilian patients. Patients and Methods: In a descriptive, observational study, we identified all patients with a final diagnosis of brachioradial pruritus seen over a one-year period and re-trospectively reviewed their records. The diagnosis was made after clinical-laboratory investigation had ruled out other causes of chronic pruritus. Demographic and clinical variables were collected along with pruritus characteristics, and analyzed using des-criptive statistics. Results: Forty-three patients were identified; their mean age was 55.9 years, with predominance of women (81.4 %) and Caucasians (86 %). In 52 %, the pruritus worsened with heat and sun exposure; 58.1 % had intermittent complaints; the ice-pack sign was present only in 20.9 %. The arms involving dermatomes C5-C6-C7-C8 (62.8 %) were the most affected sites, while psychoactive drugs were the most frequently prescribed therapy. Conclusions: Although uncommon, brachioradial pruritus should not be neglected in dermatological diagnosis. This case series analysis indicated that Brazilian patients from a tropical climate show characteristics similar to those described in other series from more temperate regions.
Authors:
Paula Y Masuda; Antonio Carlos Ceribelli Martelli; Patrick A Wachholz; Hélcio T Akumatsu; Ana L G P Martins; Nathália M Silva
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft = Journal of the German Society of Dermatology : JDDG     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1610-0387     ISO Abbreviation:  J Dtsch Dermatol Ges     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101164708     Medline TA:  J Dtsch Dermatol Ges     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© The Authors | Journal compilation © Blackwell Verlag GmbH, Berlin.
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Physician, Dermatology Service of Instituto Lauro de Souza Lima, Brazil Universidade Estadual Julio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil.
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