Pruritus pp 81-83 | Cite as


  • Claudia Zeidler
  • Sonja StänderEmail author


There is still much to be discovered about chronic pruritus, but recent clinical research has served to improve our knowledge of it. The International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI) has developed an internationally recognized, standardized classification system (Acta Derm Venereol 87:291–4, 2007) in order to assist others in better understanding pruritus. Here, we present terms, definitions and classifications.


Itch Pruritus Classification Chronic scratch lesions Prurigo nodularis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Chronic Pruritus (KCP), Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital MünsterMünsterGermany

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