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Kidney Week

Educational Symposium

Recognizing and Managing the Itch of CKD-Associated Pruritus: Scratching the Surface

November 05, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM

Location: Regency Ballroom T, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Session Description

CKD-associated pruritus (CKD-aP) is a common and troubling symptom for people living with advanced CKD and ESKD, and it is associated with decreased quality of life. Despite being common among patients with advanced CKD, CKD-aP is a challenging condition for clinicians, and it remains underestimated and underdiagnosed because of its elusive pathogenesis.

This symposium reviews current observations about and understanding of the pathogenesis of CKD-aP, as well as the evidence for current management strategies.

Support is provided by an educational grant from CSL Vifor.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, natural history, and pathogenesis of CKD-aP
  • Discuss the mechanistic rationale and clinical management approaches for current therapeutic interventions in CKD-aP

Learning Pathway(s)

  • CKD Non-Dialysis
  • Dialysis


  • Denise K. Link, PA, PA-C


  • Introduction
    12:45 PM - 12:55 PM
    Denise K. Link, PA, PA-C
  • Pathogenesis and Diagnosis of CKD-Associated Pruritus
    12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
    Sara Combs, MD, MS
  • Optimal Treatment and Management Strategies for CKD-Associated Pruritus
    01:15 PM - 01:35 PM
    David J. R. Steele, MD
  • Questions and Answers
    01:35 PM - 01:45 PM