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Open Access Clinical Findings and Provision of Care in Haemodialysis Patients with Chronic Itch: New Results from the German Epidemiological Haemodialysis Itch Study

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The German Epidemiological Haemodialysis Itch Study (GEHIS) has shown that more than one-third of haemodialysis patients have chronic itch (CI). As part of GEHIS, 216 patients with current CI were offered a dermatological examination, of whom 177 were investigated. According to the clinical classification of the International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI), 43.5% (n = 77) of the patients examined had CI with no skin lesions (IFSI II), 37.9% (n = 67) had secondary scratch lesions (IFSI III), and 18.6% (n = 33) primarily had diseased skin (IFSI I). Severity of CI and itch-related quality of life (ItchyQoL) showed a significant association only with IFSI III. Of the patients in this study, 89.8% (n = 159) had xerosis cutis. Only 40.4% (n = 80) had ever sought medical help for CI, 46.4% (n = 32) of whom were in the category IFSI III. Only 32.4% (n = 77) had ever received any treatment for CI and these patients had significantly more severe CI. The current analyses demonstrate that CI is a frequently disregarded symptom in haemodialysis patients.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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  • Acta Dermato-Venereologica is a bi-monthly international peer-reviewed journal for clinical and experimental research in the field of dermatology and venereology.

    It was founded in 1920 by Johan Almqvist and edited during 1936-1969 by Sven Hellerström. Since 1970, the journal has been published for the Society for the Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica on a non-profit basis.

    Acta Dermato-Venereologica publishes high-quality manuscripts in English dealing with new observations on basic dermatological and venereological research, as well as clinical investigations. Each volume also features a number of review articles in special areas, as well as short Letters to the Editor to stimulate debate and to disseminate important clinical observations. Acta Dermato-Venereologica has rapid publication times and is amply illustrated with a large number of colour photographs to enhance understanding.

    Acta Dermato-Venereologica covers inter alia:

    • ~ Atopic dermatitis and contact allergy
    • ~ Facial dermatoses and adnexal disorders
    • ~ New treatments
    • ~ Psoriasis and genodermatoses
    • ~ Psychodermatology
    • ~ Sexually transmitted diseases
    • ~ Skin biology and inflammation
    • ~ Skin cancer and pigmentation
    • ~ Skin immunology and lymphoma
    • ~ Urticaria and itch

    Extensive papers, proceedings from congresses and symposia are printed as supplements to the journal. Announcements concerning pertinent dermatological meetings and books received are also published.
    Readership: Doctors and scientists interested in dermatology, skin biology and venereology.

    Acta Dermato-Venereologica has an impact factor of 3.007.

    Issues between 1998 up to 2005 can be found at

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