Brachioradial Pruritus Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Oct 05, 2020
  • Author: Julianne Mann, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Also consider the following:

  • Neurotic excoriations: Patients with brachioradial pruritus can excoriate the affected area, while the typical neurotic excoriation patient also has lesions on other accessible areas. An interface and a common etiology may exist between these 2 disorders.

  • Notalgia paresthetica: This condition is typically associated with pruritus, pain, paresthesia, and hyperesthesia on the back. [31] Often, a well-circumscribed hyperpigmented patch is present in the symptomatic area.

  • Zoster sine herpete: This is an unusual manifestation of herpes zoster in which no cutaneous rash is observed. Unilateral paresthesias may be pronounced.

  • Atopic dermatitis: Itch may be severe, although it usually involves flexor aspects of the elbows and is not associated with tingling. The Medscape Atopic Dermatitis Resource Center may be of interest.

Differential Diagnoses