Rationale:Pruritus is a common symptom in patients with systemic sclerosis and has a tremendous effect on the quality of life. Nevertheless, current therapeutic options are limited. The pathogenesis of pruritus in systemic sclerosis is not completely understood; however, opiate-mediated neurotransmission has been postulated to be involved.Patient concerns and diagnosis:We describe 4 female patients with systemic sclerosis suffering from severe pruritus, with an average 5D-itch score of 22.75.Intervention and outcomes:Low-dose oral naloxone was initiated, followed by a significant improvement in the level of pruritus, reaching an average 5D-itch score of 7.5, after 6 and 12 months of treatment. None of the patients experienced side effects.Lessons:Low-dose naloxone plays an important role in the management of pruritus in systemic sclerosis.
- opiate antagonists
- systemic sclerosis