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The Neurological Basis of Pruritis

I came across this article recently in the New Yorker about a woman who had an itch so bad that she scratched through her scalp, skull, and into her brain. Another patient died from scratching through his carotid artery.

Interesting article. I have certainly felt this way at the height of an eczema flareup. I've also bound my hands and taped up my nails because I was scratching in my sleep. I hope the research community continues to come up with practical solutions to this.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=1

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saffronlie
Aug. 7th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, that was really interesting, although very hard to read! That poor woman. Oh dear.
faepirate
Aug. 7th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Wow that was absolutely fascinating. Thank you for the link. :)
cute_kitty
Aug. 7th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Right through to her brain? So scary. My head itches constantly... I'll have to remember this next time I feel like scratching.
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