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Table 1 Summary of the clinical and experimental data of the four sisters.

From: Self-healing photo-neuropathy and cervical spinal arthrosis in four sisters with brachioradial pruritus

Pat History Profession Habits Clinical findings Nerve density Radiography
1/59 y Recurrent severe itch on the radial aspect of the lower arms appearing in August lasting to December for 12 y, neck pain Clerk Out-door activites Normal appearing skin on the lower arms, hypoesthesia to pinprick 79 ± 11/256 ± 55 Arthrosis of the uncovertebral joint C5
2/73 y Recurrent itch on the lateral aspect of the upper arms for 28 y, neck pain Hostess of a school kitchen Out-door activites Normal appearing skin on the upper arms 211 ± 39/264 ± 29 Arthrosis of the intervertebral joint C7 and severe arthrosis of the uncovertebral joints C5-C6, with narrowing of the foramina
3/71 y Recurrent itch on the lateral aspect of the upper arms for 26 y, neck pain Shop-keeper Out-door activites Normal appearing skin on the upper arms 333 ± 76/163 ± 38 Arthrosis of the uncovertebral joints C5-C6 and a reduction in the height of disc C6
4/67 y Recurrent severe itch on the radial aspect of the lower arms for 13 y, neck pain Nurse Out-door activites Normal appearing skin on the lower arms 159 ± 26/429 ± 5 Severe arthrosis of the uncovertebral joints C5-C6, with narrowing of the foramina, a prominent reduction in the height of discs C5-C6, a severe arthrosis of intervertebral joint C7 and compression of vertebra C5.