noun (plural paresthesiae /-ZHē-ē/ or paresthesias)Medicine
An abnormal sensation, typically tingling or pricking (“pins and needles”), caused chiefly by pressure on or damage to peripheral nerves.
- Neurapraxia of the brachial plexus or cervical nerve roots, often called a stinger or burner, causes pain and paresthesia in a single upper extremity, usually radiating from the neck into the shoulder, arm, or hand.
- Patients with arthritis of the tarsal tunnel may complain of a burning sensation, pain, and paresthesias over the distribution of the posterior tibial nerve and its branches that worsen with weight bearing.
- In patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, pain and paresthesias may radiate to the forearm, elbow, and shoulder.
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