Which specialist consultations are helpful in the management of brachioradial pruritus?

Updated: Oct 05, 2020
  • Author: Julianne Mann, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Relief after physical therapy has been reported in case series, so consultation with a physical therapist or a chiropractor may be considered, particularly in patients with radiographic evidence of cervical spinal disease. Heyl [1] reported a case of one patient whose brachioradial pruritus developed after a neck injury, and symptoms were relieved by neck traction.

The authors have not found consultation with a neurologist or pain specialist to be of value.

Consultation with an acupuncturist may be helpful.

Some patients have psychiatric disorders that predispose to brachioradial pruritus, while others may develop anxiety, depression, obsessions/compulsions, or delusions of parasitosis in response to the exasperating symptoms.


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