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Dermatomes Topic Guide

Dermatomes Dermatomes: A dermatome is an areas of skin that receives sensations from a sensory nerve that exits the spinal cord. Sensory nerves provide the feeling of hot, cold, pain, etc. Doctors and other healthcare professionals use dermatomes to help diagnose diseases and causes of conditions like, shingles, sciatica, back pain, and other nerve pain syndromes. There are 8 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, and 1 coccygeal nerve dermatomes. Doctors use dermatomes to help diagnose diseases and conditions.

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