A retrospective, non-interventional, electronic medical record based real world data analysis in patients suffering from pruritus in type 2 diabetes mellitus
Keywords:Antihistamines, Blood glucose levels, HbA1c, Hypertension, Pruritus, Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Background: There is limited data highlighting the association of pruritus with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). This was the first Electronic Medical Record (EMR) based real-world observational study on the demographics, clinical characteristics, associated risk factors and treatment(s) of pruritus in T2DM in India.
Methods: EMR data of patients was retrospectively analysed with a baseline (V1) visit and two or more follow-up visits between June 2014-December 2019.
Results: Majority of patients were 40-64 years old and mainly females (57%). Body mass index and co-morbidity data indicated a trend of obesity and hypertension. Observed HbA1c values were high (mean value of 9%). Majority of the patients were on hydroxyzine. Miconazole, fluconazole and corticosteroids were prescribed in 40% patients. Correlation between HbA1c levels with clinical pruritus was noted.
Conclusions: Management of glycaemia along with timely dermatological intervention is needed for pruritus relief in T2DM, the use of antihistamines; in particular, hydroxyzine, should be further evaluated.
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