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Microsurgery. 2010;30(1):70-2. doi: 10.1002/micr.20702.

Surgical decompression for notalgia paresthetica: a case report.

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Division of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Abstract

Notalgia paresthetica is a rare nerve compression. From the Greek word noton, meaning "back," and algia, meaning "pain," "notalgia paresthetica" implies that symptoms of burning pain, itching, and/or numbness in the localized region between the spinous processes of T2 through T6 and the medial border of the scapula constitute a nerve compression syndrome. The compressed nerve is the dorsal branch of the spinal nerve. It is compressed by the paraspinous muscles and fascia against the transverse process of these spinal segments. This is the first report of symptomatic relief by decompression of this nerve.

PMID:
19790177
DOI:
10.1002/micr.20702
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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