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May 9, 1980

Uremic Pruritus Treated With Ultraviolet Light

JAMA. 1980;243(18):1836-1837. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300440038023

This study evaluated the treatment of uremic pruritus with ultraviolet B light in patients with chronic renal failure and severe pruritus not attributed to other skin or internal disease. Eight of ten patients responded with complete relief of itching. Photoinactivation of a yet unidentified substance could explain the success of this treatment.

(JAMA 243:1836-1837, 1980)