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Hautarzt. 2006 May;57(5):390-4.

[Clinical classification of chronic pruritus. Interdisciplinary consensus proposal for a diagnostic algorithm].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Abteilung für klinische Neurodermatologie, Klinik und Poliklinik für Hautkrankheiten, Universitätsklinikum Münster.


Chronic pruritus is a frequent symptom in dermatology caused by a variety of dermatologic, neurologic and other systemic diseases. For adequate, economically-appropriate medical care of patients with chronic pruritus, a clinical classification of pruritus which also serves as a diagnostic algorithm is necessary. Currently suggested classifications are etiologic and not helpful in daily clinical routine. The proposed clinical classification is oriented at the clinical appearance of the patients and differentiates between disorders with or without primary or secondary skin lesions.

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