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Pruritus in Advanced Disease$
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Zbigniew Zylicz, Robert Twycross, and E. Anthony Jones

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525103.001.0001

Pruritus: past, present, and future

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Pruritus in Advanced Disease

Robert Twycross

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the changes pruritus has undergone from the past to the present. It includes the changes in treatments and the understanding of medical practitioners about this symptom. The present scientific studies, clinical classification, and relation of pruritus to the AIDS pandemic are examined. The author also determines the future of pruritus, in which it seems likely to remain a Cinderella symptom. This term refers to a symptom that is hugely ignored and overshadowed by other notable or obvious symptoms.

Keywords:   pruritus, changes, scientific studies, clinical classification, AIDS pandemic, future of pruritus, Cinderella symptom

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