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Classification and external resources
ICD-10 R20.1
ICD-9-CM 782.0
DiseasesDB 24182
MeSH D006987

Hypoesthesia (or hypesthesia) refer to a reduced sense of touch or sensation, or a partial loss of sensitivity to sensory stimuli. In everyday speech this is sometimes referred to as "numbness".

Hypoesthesia is one of the negative sensory symptoms associated with cutaneous sensory disorder (CSD). In this condition, patients have abnormal disagreeable skin sensations that can be increased (stinging, itching or burning) or decreased (numbness or hypoesthesia). There are no other apparent medical diagnoses to explain these symptoms.[1]

Cutaneous hyperesthesia has been associated with diagnosis of appendicitis in children but this symptom was not supported by the evidence.[2]

Hypoesthesia originating in (and extending centrally from) the feet, fingers, navel, and/or lips is one of the common symptoms of beriberi,[3] which is a set of symptoms caused by thiamine deficiency.

Hypoesthesia is also one of the more common manifestations of decompression sickness (DCS), along with joint pain, rash and generalized fatigue.[4]

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  1. ^ Gupta, M. A.; Gupta, A. K. (2013). "Cutaneous sensory disorder". Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery. 32 (2): 110–8. PMID 24049969. 
  2. ^ Bundy DG, Byerley JS, Liles EA, Perrin EM, Katznelson J, Rice HE (2007). "Does this child have appendicitis?". JAMA. 298 (4): 438–51. PMC 2703737Freely accessible. PMID 17652298. doi:10.1001/jama.298.4.438. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Henry Turner (1912). Text-book of General and Special Pathology for Students and Practitioners. F. A. Davis Company. p. 582. 
  4. ^ Moon, R. E. (2014). "Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for decompression sickness". Undersea & hyperbaric medicine : journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. 41 (2): 151–7. PMID 24851553.