Chapter 66. Pruritus

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Elke Weisshaar MD Consultant Dermatologist1 and
  2. Malcolm W. Greaves MD, PhD, FRCP, FAMS Emeritus Professor of Dermatology Clinical Professor Faculty of Medicine2,3

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch66

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Weisshaar, E. and Greaves, M. W. (2008) Pruritus, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch66

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Social Medicine Occupational and Environmental Dermatology, University Hospital of Heidelberg, Germany

  2. 2

    Guy's, Kings and St Thomas' Schools of, Medicine and Dentistry London, Singapore

  3. 3

    National University of Singapore, Singapore

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • pruritus (itch) and scratching or rubbing;
  • continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD);
  • chronic renal failure and pruritus;
  • pruritus of chronic renal failure - multifactorial in causation;
  • pruritus of cholestasis and hepatic disease;
  • broadband ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy efficacy in pruritus;
  • pruritus and primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, obstructive choledocholithiasis;
  • anogenital pruritus;
  • itch and senescence


  • Background

  • Pruritus of chronic renal failure

  • Pruritus of cholestasis and hepatic disease

  • Pruritus in hematological diseases

  • Aquagenic pruritus

  • Pruritus of endocrine diseases

  • Anogenital pruritus

  • Drug-induced itch

  • HIV and itch

  • Psychogenic itch

  • Itch and senescence

  • Neuropathic itch

  • Pruritus in pregnancy unrelated to skin diseases (Table 66.1)

  • Pruritus of unknown origin

  • References