Itch and the brain

M. Valet, V. Napadow, T. R. Tölle, H. Behrendt, J. Ring, U. Darsow

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The sensation of itch-defined as unpleasant sensation inducing the urge to scratch-is processed by a network of different brain regions contributing to the encoding of sensory, emotional, attention- dependent, cognitive-evaluative and motivational patterns. Patients with atopic eczema show different activation patterns and kinetics compared to healthy volunteers. This review summarizes current studies investigating itch in the brain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChemical Immunology and Allergy
PublisherS. Karger AG
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783805599856
ISBN (Print)9783805599849
StatePublished - 22 Jun 2012


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