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Why is there itching in lymphoma and how to treat it ?

Pruritus in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma: a review.

Ahern K, Gilmore ES, Poligone B.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Oct;67(4):760-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2011.12.021.

  • Skin lymphomas (CYCL) generate a lot of itching and despite being able to target these cancers effectively, often pruritus remains.
  • The review begins with the pathways involved in pruritus as well as the substances involved (peripheral and central mediators) which could be involved in patients with CTCL.
  • The review continues with strategies aimed at treating the lymphoma primarily (PUVA) and if not enough then the itch specifically (Gabapentin…)

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Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland