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Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Online ISSN 1827-1812
Cattedra Semeiotica Medica, Dipartimento Medicina Interna, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Pisa
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.