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An itch to be scratched.

Patel KN, et al. Neuron. 2010.


The description of itch (formally known as pruritus) as an "unpleasant sensation that elicits the desire or reflex to scratch" (Ikoma et al., 2006) is immediately familiar. Research in the field of pruritoception has added to our understanding of this area of sensory neurobiology as it pertains to both normal and pathological conditions. In particular, much progress has been made on the mechanisms and circuits of itch, which we review here.

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