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      Oral Activated Charcoal in Patients with Uremic Pruritus

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          Twenty-three chronic uremic patients on maintenance hemodialysis and suffering from severe pruritus were treated with activated powdered charcoal (6 g daily p.o.)· In 10 patients pruritus disappeared completely, and in 10 other patients a partial effect was observed. The favorable results persisted for several weeks after discontinuation of the treatment. Only 3 cases were totally unresponsive. No relevant undesirable side effects were observed with the exception of 1 case who showed treatment intolerance. It is concluded that activated charcoal per os is a safe, effective, and low-cost therapy for patients with uremic pruritus, but its mechanism of action is unknown.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1995
          1995
          18 December 2008
          : 70
          : 2
          : 193-196
          Affiliations
          aInstitute of Clinical Medicine I, University of Pisa, bDivision of Hemodialysis, S. Miniato; cDivision of Nephrology, Villa Monna Tessa, Firenze, dDivision of Nephrology, Lucca, Italy
          Article
          188582 Nephron 1995;70:193–196
          10.1159/000188582
          7566302
          © 1995 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 4
          Categories
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          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Pruritus, Activated charcoal, Chronic uremia, Hemodialysis

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