Central neuropathic itch can be a lifelong debilitating condition and treatment challenge. We report a patient with a traumatic brain injury with severe intractable pruritus who failed extensive pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment but responded to a holistic approach using healing touch. We discuss the complexity of this type of neuropathic itch and present a holistic approach as an adjunct to therapy in reducing itch intensity. This case presentation along with the literature discussed suggests a therapeutic strategy for the management of complicated central neuropathic itch.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 May;64(5):955-9. Epub 2011 Feb 3. Curtis AR, Tegeler C, Burdette J, Yosipovitch G. Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157, USA. email@example.com