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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Hypesthesia refers to sensory loss that usually occurs secondary to a problem in the nervous system. Usually coupled with paresthiasis (an abnormal sensation; e.g. tingling or numbness)

Causes

Causes In Alphabetical Order. [1] [2]

Diagnosis

History and Symptoms

Laboratory Findings

MRI and CT

  • CT scan is used for initial screening
  • MRI offers the best imaging

Other Imaging Findings

Other Diagnostic Studies

  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Genetic testing

Treatment

  • Treat underlying etiologies
  • Alleviate offending causes
  • Physical therapy

Pharmacotherapy

Acute Pharmacotherapies

Surgery and Device Based Therapy

  • Surgical intervention for compressive myelopathies and some cases of radiculopathy

References

  1. Sailer, Christian, Wasner, Susanne. Differential Diagnosis Pocket. Hermosa Beach, CA: Borm Bruckmeir Publishing LLC, 2002:77 ISBN 1591032016
  2. Kahan, Scott, Smith, Ellen G. In A Page: Signs and Symptoms. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, 2004:68 ISBN 140510368X




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