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2021 Dec

Obstet Med



A review of pruritus in pregnancy.


Rudder M, Lefkowitz EG, Ruhama T, Firoz E
Obstet Med. 2021 Dec; 14(4):204-210.
PMID: 34880932.


Pruritus is a common dermatologic complaint during pregnancy. Pruritus is reported by 23-38% of women during pregnancy, and 2% report severe pruritus. In addition to interfering with sleep and reducing overall quality of life during pregnancy, pruritus may be the first, or only, symptom of an underlying disorder that may impact maternal and fetal outcomes. It is therefore critical for all providers caring for pregnant women to be familiar with pregnancy-specific and non-specific conditions associated with pruritus to most effectively manage this unique population. In this review, we discuss clinical classification of pruritus, a practical approach to the differential diagnosis of pruritus in pregnancy, and focus on updates in the clinical features, diagnosis, management, and prognosis of pregnancy-specific causes of pruritus.