Pruritus in nurns: Review article

Ioannis Goutos, Peter Dziewulski, Patricia M. Richardson

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Abstract

Pruritus represents a common and distressing feature of burn wounds. Over the last decades, significant advances in neuroanatomical and neurophysiological knowledge have resulted in the elucidation of the mediators and pathways involved in the transmission of pruritic impulses. A plethora of therapeutic approaches have been evaluated mostly in small-scale studies involving burns patients targeting both the peripheral and the central components of the neurologic pathway. Antihistamines, doxepin, massage therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation are effective strategies to combat pruritus in burns patients. Recent studies have provided preliminary evidence regarding the effectiveness of gabapentin and ondansetron. The area of burns pruritus is under-researched and large-scale studies are required to reinforce the armamentarium of specialists with evidence-based regimens for the treatment of this highly distressing symptom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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