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A Test–Retest Reliability Study of Human Experimental Models of Histaminergic and Non-histaminergic Itch

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  • Hjalte H. Andersen
  • Anne Kathrine R. Sørensen
  • Gebbie A.R. Nielsen
  • Marianne S. Mølgaard
  • Pernille Stilling
  • Shellie A. Boudreau
  • Elberling, Jesper Vraamark
  • Lars Arendt-Nielsen

Numerous exploratory, proof-of-concept and interventional studies have used histaminergic and non-histaminergic human models of itch. However, no reliability studies for such surrogate models have been conducted. This study investigated the test–retest reliability for the response to histamine- and cowhage- (5, 15, 25 spiculae) induced itch in healthy volunteers. Cowhage spiculae were individually applied with tweezers and 1% histamine was applied with a skin prick test (SPT) lancet, both on the volar forearm. The intensity of itch was recorded on a visual analogue scale and self-reported area of itch was assessed 5 and 10 min after itch provocation. Reliability of the evoked itch (area under the curve and peak intensity) was assessed by the coefficient of variation (CV), intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC), and sample size estimation for parallel and cross-over designs. Cowhage (ICC=0.57– 0.77, CVbetween =97%, CVwithin =41%) and histamine: (ICC=0.83–0.93, CVbetween =97%, CVwithin =20%) exhibited moderate-to-excellent intra-individual reliability and moderate inter-individual reliability for the itch intensity. For a test–retest observation period of one week, SPT-delivered histamine and application of cowhage-spiculae are reproducible human models of itch. The high inter-individual and low intra-individual variability suggests cross-over designed studies when applicable.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa Dermato-Venereologica
Vol/bind97
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)198-207
Antal sider10
ISSN0001-5555
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 feb. 2017

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