What are the signs and symptoms of renal pruritus?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Symptoms range from paroxysmal discomfort that may remit spontaneously to continuous itching that is present day and night. Approximately 46% of patients have pruritus on a daily basis, whereas 52% report it as appearing weekly or monthly. Pruritus is localized in 56% of patients and is most often seen on the back, abdomen, head, and shunt arms. The remaining patients usually present with generalized pruritus. The vertex of the scalp is a common site of pruritus, and excoriations may be present. Exacerbations are common at night and during or just after HD. The intensity may also increase during summer months.


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