What are complications of pruritus?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Debilitating sleep deprivation and suicidal ideation may occur in patients with severe pruritus. Women with untreated intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy that begins before 33 weeks of gestation have increased rates of preterm deliveries and stillbirths. Other complications of pruritus include lichen simplex chronicus, prurigo nodules, and excoriations (which can become secondarily infected).


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