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Notalgia paresthesica successfully treated with narrow-band UVB: report of five cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19925596     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Notalgia paresthesica is a disorder of unknown origin characterized by pruritus localized to the patients' back. Local pain, burning or paresthesias have also been described. No definite treatments have been found for this disorder and most of those reported to date are anecdotal. Topical capsaicin is the option most widely used among dermatologists. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, gabapentin, oxcarbazepine and botulinum toxin have recently shown promising effects. UVB has been used for decades to treat different pruritic skin diseases, but its benefits in the management of NP have not been stated to date. OBJECTIVES: To test the effects of UVB in notalgia paresthesica. Methods We used a course of UVB narrow band to treat five patients with notalgia paresthesica. The treatment was administered following a phototype protocol in a UV 7002 cabinet. RESULTS: We provide the results of a course of UVB narrow-band phototherapy in five patients. Phototherapy contributed substantially to improve pruritus in all of them. CONCLUSION: Given the benefits achieved, we stress the interest of UVB narrow-band as a safe and well tolerated alternative treatment for notalgia paresthetica.
L Pérez-Pérez; F Allegue; J-M Fabeiro; J-L Caeiro; A Zulaica
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2009-11-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1468-3083     ISO Abbreviation:  J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-22     Completed Date:  2010-10-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9216037     Medline TA:  J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  730-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo, Vigo, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
Middle Aged
Pruritus / radiotherapy*
Treatment Outcome
Ultraviolet Therapy / adverse effects,  methods*

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