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    Chronic pruritus of unknown origin (CPUO) is a highly debilitating disease that lacks effective treatments. This study explores a new therapeutic strategy with dupilumab. To examine whether patients with CPUO demonstrate clinical response to dupilumab. This is a retrospective case series examining all patients with CPUO who were treated with dupilumab from March 2017 to December 2019 at a tertiary referral clinic at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Numerical rating scale (NRS) itch score changes over time were recorded and analyzed. Fifteen patients (67% women; mean [SD] age, 68.7 [12.6] years [range, 42-88 years]) were included in the analysis. All patients had a diagnosis of CPUO for a mean [SD] 2.6 [2.8] years. The median [IQR] pruritus NRS itch score before dupilumab injection was 8 [8-10] and the final median [IQR] NRS itch score was 1 [0-2.5]. The mean [SD] reduction in the NRS itch score was 7.0 [1.9]. Dupilumab was well tolerated with one report of mild injection site reaction that was self-resolving. This study suggests that dupilumab may be an effective treatment for patients with CPUO and supports the design of future randomized placebo-controlled trials to prove its efficacy.


    Jiehyun Jeon, Fang Wang, Asima Badic, Brian S Kim. Treatment of patients with chronic pruritus of unknown origin with dupilumab. The Journal of dermatological treatment. 2022 May;33(3):1754-1757

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