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Session Information

SYM S042 - Chronic Pruritus: Bedside to Bench Perspectives

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Monday, March 24

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Mile High Ballroom 2A

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Director: Gil Yosipovitch, MD

  • Timothy G. Berger, MD, FAAD
  • Earl Carstens, PhD
  • Suephy C. Chen, MD, FAAD
  • Jon M. Hanifin, MD, FAAD
  • Ethan A. Lerner, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout
  • Sonja Stander, MD
  • Martin Steinhoff, MD, PhD
  • Robert Swerlick, MD, FAAD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize the pathophysiology of chronic itch.
  • Identify and evaluate different types of pruritus.
  • Formulate treatment plans for management of chronic itch.

Chronic pruritus has considerable impact on patient quality of life, and is a significant challenge for the practicing clinician. This session will cover recent advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of itch, and the clinical diagnosis and management of different types of pruritus. It will be structured with alternating clinical and research presentations to highlight a bedside-to-bench emphasis on the treatment of patients with itch. All participants will be provided implementation tools to facilitate the assessment of pruritus in the clinical setting. A short survey will be conducted before and after the session to evaluate the translational impact of session information to the management of unique patient scenarios with chronic pruritus.


Monday, March 24
2:00 PMThe Basics: Basic Principles of Managing Pruritus / Dr. Yosipovitch
2:15 PMThe Basics: Chronic Itch as a Hyper-Sensitization Phenomena / Dr. Lerner
2:30 PMThe Basics: Questions & Answers / Dr. Yosipovitch and Dr. Lerner
2:35 PMItch and Atopic Dermatitis: Pruritus and Atopic Dermatitis / Dr. Hanifin
2:55 PMItch and Atopic Dermatitis: Science of Atopic Itch / Dr. Steinhoff
3:10 PMItch and Atopic Dermatitis: Systemic Treatments of Itch Using Immunosuppressants / Dr. Swerlick
3:25 PMItch and Atopic Dermatitis: Questions & Answers / Dr. Hanifin, Dr. Steinhoff, and Dr. Swerlick
3:35 PMNeuropathic Itch: Causes and Treatment / Stander
3:55 PMNeuropathic Itch: Mechanisms / Carstens
4:10 PMNeuropathic Itch: Questions & Answers / Stander and Carstens
4:15 PMItch and the Elderly: Epidemiology and QOL of Chronic Itch in Elderly / Dr. Chen
4:30 PMItch and the Elderly: Clinical Causes and Treatments / Dr. Berger
4:45 PMItch and the Elderly: Questions & Answers / Dr. Chen and Dr. Berger
4:50 PMOverall Questions & Answers / All faculty