Sarina Elmariah, MD, PhD, MPH - Addressing the Burden of Prurigo Nodularis: Expert Insight on Disease Pathogenesis and the Clinical Potential of Novel Therapeutic Options


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Go online to to view the activity, download slides and practice aids, and complete the post-test to earn credit. Prurigo nodularis (PN) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by intensely pruritic, hyperkeratotic nodules symmetrically distributed on the trunk and extremities. PN is defined by intense pruritus lasting ≥6 weeks, history of repeated scratching, and subsequent development of pruritic, elevated, firm, and nodular skin lesions, in a vicious itch–scratch cycle. The intense itch associated with PN leads to sleep disturbances and reduced social participation and work productivity, resulting in a drastically reduced quality of life and psychosocial disturbances. Unfortunately, these issues experienced among patients with PN are further compounded by the lack of effective treatment options. In this activity, based on a recent live educational symposium, a panel of experts addresses real-world questions and dilemmas faced by providers and the PN patients for whom they care. By providing practical guidance on how to effectively integrate the latest evidence and expert recommendations into real-world clinical scenarios, this activity provides participating clinicians with the necessary tools to effectively navigate the rapidly changing landscape for PN. Additionally, patient videos are utilized throughout to convey key information regarding the burden of PN and optimal management strategies. Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to: Discuss the impact on quality of life and economic implications of prurigo nodularis (PN), Describe the pathophysiology of PN as it relates to clinically relevant disease mechanisms and novel therapeutic targets, Evaluate emerging treatment options for PN in the context of mechanism of action, efficacy, and safety, Treat PN in accordance with current evidence and expert recommendations, recognizing that an effective treatment approach should be based on clinical judgment and tailored to the individual needs of the patient.