Brachioradial pruritus successfully treated with gabapentin

Yilmaz S., Ceyhan A. M. , Akkaya V. B.

JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol.37, no.7, pp.662-665, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2010.00830.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.662-665
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Brachioradial pruritus (BRP) is a mysterious entity characterized by localized pruritus of the dorsolateral aspect of the arm. The precise etiology of BRP remains unknown, but sun exposure and/or cervical spine lesions seem to be triggering or at least aggravating factors. Many treatment alternatives including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, topical capsaicin, topical corticosteroids, photoprotection, carbamazepine and acupuncture have been used with different success rates. Recently, gabapentin, an antiepileptic agent, has been reported to be an effective therapeutic agent in BRP. Herein, we report a 64-year-old man with BRP who showed good response to gabapentin therapy.