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Neuropathic Pruritus Secondary to Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

  • Laurent MiseryEmail author


Neuropathic itch refers to pruritus caused by neuronal or glial damage. Neuropathic itch has numerous causes and can arise from a local nerve fiber compression, or localized or generalized nerve fiber degeneration affecting different neuronal structures in the peripheral or central nervous system. Although rather rarely, brain and spinal cord tumors can be responsible for neuropathic itch, that can be the symptom allowing their diagnosis. Main involved tumors are ependymomas, hemangiomas, giomas and astrocytomas. Differential diagnoses are strokes and demyelinating disorders.


Itch Pruritus Brain Spinal cord Tumor Ependymoma Hemangioma Astrocytoma Glioma Nerve 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurosciences of Brest and Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital and University of BrestBrestFrance

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