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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2002 December;161(6):223-9

language: Italian

Essential senile pruritus

Camici M.

Cattedra Semeiotica Medica, Dipartimento Medicina Interna, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Pisa


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Itching is a symptom present in many pathologies. In the elderly it may appear sine materia with cryptic trait: essential senile pruritus. Like pain, itching is a nociceptive stimulus, but it is a symptom neglected by neurophysiologists and pharmacologists. Likewise pain, pruritus is a frustrating symptom for patients since often it can not be treated. Aim of this study is to evaluate the present knowledge (neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, diagnosis, therapy) of the essential senile pruritus.

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