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Clinical Report

Prevalence of Chronic Itch and Associated Factors in Haemodialysis Patients: A Representative Cross-sectional Study

Melanie Weiss, Thomas Mettang, Ulrich Tschulena, Jutta Passlick-Deetjen, Elke Weisshaar
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-2087

Abstract

Chronic itch is a common symptom in haemodialysis (HD) patients, which is often underestimated. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the prevalence and factors associated with chronic itch in HD patients. A total of 860 HD patients from a randomly selected cluster-sample of patients attending dialysis units in Germany were included. The patients’ mean?±?SD age was 67.2?±?13.5 years, 57.2% were male. The point prevalence of chronic itch was 25.2% (95% CI 22.4–28.1), 12-month prevalence was 27.2% (95% CI 24.1–30.3) and lifetime prevalence was 35.2% (95% CI 31.9–38.3). Chronic itch was significantly less prevalent in patients with secondary glomerulonephritis as primary renal disease. A history of dry skin, eczema, and age

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