Lesson of the Week: ANY QUESTIONSBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6979.580 (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:580
- C D Fegan
Is there any effective treatment for the severe pruritus due to primary polycythaemia?
Pruritus in polycythaemia rubra vera occurs in up to 70% of patients and can be distressing. It is usually generalised, with extensor surfaces and the upper back and chest often the most severely affected areas. It may be precipitated by hot water, direct heat, warming after exposure to cold, or alcohol.
Most patients with …