Phototherapy and uremic pruritus

P. L. Bencini, R. Betti, A. Marmini, C. Crosti

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We studied the effect of sunburn-spectrum ultraviolet (UVB) phototherapy on intractable pruritus of twenty five patients on hemodialysis for chronic renal failure. All the patients reported a marked and generalized disappearance in pruritus after a course of two weeks of treatment and two to eight exposure (mean 5). Patients remain in remission for a mean of at least 14 months (9 ± 3) after the treatment. Our experience confirms that ultraviolet phototherapy is an effective, safe and long lasting treatment for uremic pruritus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-251
Number of pages3
JournalGiornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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