Hydroxyethyl starch-induced pruritus

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Hydroxyethyl starch-induced pruritus is an intense itching, lasting for as long as one year, occurring following hydroxyethyl starch intravenous infusion for vascular insufficiency.[1][2]:401There is no treatment for the itch.

An updated clinical review on storage in different tissues describes a pattern of storage in the Reticuloendothelial System and also the skin (Wiedermann). Differential storage described via immunelectronical microscopy, see Ständer 2001 below.

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  1. ^ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2133.2004.06272.x/abstract;jsessionid=50872749F761755BEFCB0E0777C95698.d01t02
  2. ^ Freedberg, et al. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-138076-0.

External links[edit]

  • Wiedermann CJ, Joannidis M (2014). "Accumulation of hydroxyethyl starch in human and animal tissues: a systematic review". Intensive Care Med. 40: 160–70. doi:10.1007/s00134-013-3156-9. PMID 24257970. 
  • Ständer S, Szépfalusi Z, Bohle B, Ständer H, Kraft D, Luger TA, Metze D (2001). "Differential storage of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) in the skin: an immunoelectron-microscopical long-term study". Cell Tissue Res. 304: 261–9. doi:10.1007/s004410000324. PMID 11396719.