JOHN E. NESTLER, M.D.
To the editor: Idiopathic hemochromatosis, a heritable disorder of iron metabolism, has been associated with various skin manifestations (1) but has not been reported to cause pruritus. I have seen a patient with this disease, whose only presenting symptom was pruritus. The pruritus resolved with treatment of his idiopathic hemochromatosis.
A 66-year-old man had intense pruritus precipitated by showering. The pruritus had been present for at least 2 years, and was described as a "pins and needles" sensation that primarily involved the anterior and posterior thorax. It occurred when showering, and lasted 30 minutes after. Warmer water made the pruritus
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NESTLER JE. Hemochromatosis and Pruritus. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:1026. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-1026_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):1026.
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