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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 52, n° 6
pages 1085-1087 (juin 2005)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2005.01.138

Investigation of spinal pathology in notalgia paresthetica

Oner Savk, MD a, Ekin Savk, MD b,
a From the Departments of Orthopaedics and Traumatology 
b Dermatology, Adnan Menderes University 

Correspondence to: Ekin Savk, MD, Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Aydın, Turkey.

Aydin, Turkey


A possible association of spinal pathology with notalgia paresthetica (NP) was investigated through clinical and radiographic evaluation. Forty-three NP patients underwent dermatologic and orthopedic examination accompanied by radiography of the spine. Sixty-one lesions in 43 patients were evaluated. In 34 patients, various vertebral pathologies were observed radiographically by a blinded investigator, and in 28 of these cases these changes were most prominent in the vertebrae which corresponded to a lesional dermatome. Thirty-seven lesions were accompanied by spinal changes decided to be relevant (60.7%). The striking correlation of NP localization with spinal pathology suggests that spinal nerve impingement may contribute to the pathogenesis of this entity.

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 Funding sources: None.
Conflicts of interest: None identified.

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