Pharmacological interventions for pruritus in adult palliative care patients.

  title={Pharmacological interventions for pruritus in adult palliative care patients.},
  author={Carola J. Xander and Joerg J Meerpohl and Daniel Galandi and Sabine Buroh and Guido Schwarzer and Gerd Antes and Gerhild Becker},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
BACKGROUND Pruritus is not the most prevalent but one of the most puzzling symptoms in palliative care patients. It can cause considerable discomfort and has a major impact on patients' quality of life. In the field of palliative care, pruritus is a symptom occurring in patients with disparate underlying diseases and based on different pathologic mechanisms but ending in the same phenomenon. The pathogenesis of pruritus is complex and not fully elucidated. Thus, it is still very difficult to… CONTINUE READING
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