What is brachioradial pruritus?

Updated: Oct 05, 2020
  • Author: Julianne Mann, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Brachioradial pruritus is a neurogenic itch syndrome of the upper extremities. It is typically localized to the skin on the dorsolateral forearm overlying the proximal head of the brachioradialis muscle, but involvement of the upper arms and shoulders is also common. [1, 2] It may be unilateral or bilateral. Scratching reportedly only makes the discomfort worse, and most patients discover that application of cold packs is often the only therapy that provides symptomatic relief. [3] Brachioradial pruritus was first described in Florida in 1968 by Waisman [4] and has since been reported from subtropical areas such as South Africa [1] and Hawaii. [5] It is seen less frequently, but still with regularity, in temperate climes. [6]

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