Pruritus in the Elderly

  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
Reference work entry


Pruritic eruptions are common in the elderly especially in those in their 70s and 80s. Broadly, pruritus can be due to a primary dermatological disorder or to an underlying system disease. A wide variety of systemic diseases is associated with pruritus, and in 10–50%, it is an important intimation of an underlying system disease.


Pruritus Pruritic eruptions Itch Pruritogens Parasitosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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