Numbness: Overview

Numbness is the loss of nerve sensation in a region. Total numbness is the complete loss of sensation, but also common is partial numbness which usually causes sensations called paresthesias which usually involve odd sensations such as tingling, burning sensations, pins-and-needles, and similar nerve sensations. The causes of numbness are often also the causes of paresthesias. Causes may be a temporary nerve compression, chronic nerve entrapment syndromes (e.g. thoracic outlet syndrome), or various causes of neuropathy (nerve inflammation) such as diabetic neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, Guillaine-Barre syndrome, and many other possibilities. Some drugs and prescription medications may also cause such symptoms as side-effects. Read more about: Paresthesias, Sensory Loss, Nerve Symptoms

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Hypesthesia: Impairment of tactile sensitivity manifesting as partial loss of sensitivity to sensory stimuli.1

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Hypesthesia: Absent or reduced sensitivity to cutaneous stimulation.2

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Hypesthesia: Absent or reduced sensitivity to cutaneous stimulation.3

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Hypesthesia: Hypoesthesia is a general symptom where there is a diminished sensitivity to stimulation.4

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Hypesthesia: A sensory capability adverse event that has an outcome of hypoaesthesia, meaning that skin loses some of its sensitivity to pain or touch5

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References

  1. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  3. Source: Monarch Initiative
  4. Source: SYMP Ontology
  5. Source: OAE Ontology

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