Etiology and prognostic significance of severe uremic pruritus in chronic hemodialysis patients.

  title={Etiology and prognostic significance of severe uremic pruritus in chronic hemodialysis patients.},
  author={Ichiei Narita and Bassam Alchi and Kentaro Omori and Fuminori Sato and Junya Ajiro and Daisuke Saga and Daisuke Kondo and M Skatsume and Shoichi Maruyama and Junichiro James Kazama and Kouhei Akazawa and Fumitake Gejyo},
  journal={Kidney international},
  volume={69 9},
Although uremia is well known as the most common cause of pruritus, the mechanisms of pruritus in chronic hemodialysis patients remain unclear. The purpose was to characterize uremic pruritus in more detail and to investigate whether severe pruritus is a marker for poor prognosis. A total of 1773 adult hemodialysis patients were studied. A questionnaire was given to each patient to assess the intensity and frequency, as well as pruritus-related sleep disturbance. We analyzed the relationship… CONTINUE READING
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