What is the role of surgery in the treatment of pruritus of systemic disease?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Successful transplantation is the only definitive treatment for renal pruritus. When pruritus is associated with obstructive malignancy of the biliary tract or other obstructive causes (eg, primary sclerosing cholangitis), placing a stent to relieve the obstruction also treats the pruritus. Liver transplantation may be considered in patients who have pruritus associated with nonmalignant cholestasis that does not respond to medical therapy.

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