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Iran J Kidney Dis. 2018 Mar;12(2):78-83.

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Using Acupuncture and Acupressure for Uremic Pruritus.

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Clinical Research Unit, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. ravanshady@mums.ac.ir.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Uremic pruritus is characterized by an uncomfortable and unlimited sensation which leads to scratch, which strongly reduces the quality of life. Pruritus is a common symptom in patients with end-stage renal disease. Various clinical trial studies have examined the effects of acupuncture and acupressure on treatment of uremic pruritus. This systematic review meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the effectiveness based on published studies.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

An electronic literature search was conducted to identify appropriate trial studies. The results for continuous outcomes were presented as weighted mean difference, with 95% confidence intervals.

RESULTS:

A total of 5 articles, including 6 trials, were enrolled in this systematic review. Only 3 of the six trial studies used a visual analogue scale score for assessing pruritus and acupressure for intervention regime, which were considered for meta-analysis. The combined results showed that acupuncture or acupressure was effective in treatment of uremic pruritus (pooled mean difference, -1.994; 95% confidence interval, -2.544 to -1.445).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study confirms that using acupuncture and acupressure is effective in treatment of uremic pruritus. However, further vigorous studies are needed to verify these findings.

PMID:
29507269
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