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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of subjects (N = 47)

From: Sericin cream reduces pruritus in hemodialysis patients: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled experimental study

  Characteristics
Gender (M:F) 17:30
Age (years) 49.6 ± 11.2
Dialysis duration (months) 24.6 ± 3.1
Hematocrit (%) 30.12 ± 3.55
BUN (mg/dL) 57.89 ± 12.65
Creatinine (mg/dL) 10.98 ± 2.25
Calcium (mg/dL) 9.87 ± 1.32
Phosphorus (mg/dL) 4.35 ± 1.02
Albumin (g/dL) 3.96 ± 0.62
ALT (IU/L) 14.23 ± 5.98
AST (IU/L) 15.32 ± 5.12
Alkaline phosphatase (IU/L) 96.58 ± 40.32
Total bilirubin (mg/dL) 0.32 ± 0.11
Itching (scale 1–10) 7.05 ± 2.17
Skin parameters Sericin cream treatment Cream base treatment p -value
Skin hydration    
Arm 28.67 ± 7.11 27.55 ± 7.84 0.819
  (13.90-44.90) (13.36-44.34)  
Leg 25.10 ± 7.67 23.29 ± 7.37 0.982
  (13.98-49.70) (7.74-38.88)  
Skin irritation    
Arm 409.34 ± 232.09 318.50 ± 484.26 0.892
  (177.60-1,441.00) (217.00-2,558.40)  
Leg 364.74 ± 120.20 308.22 ± 116.14 0.857
  (177.00-685.40) (158.80-818.20)  
Skin pigmentation    
Arm 373.56 ± 142.32 360.35 ± 249.29 0.834
  (155.60-729.80) (145.80-1,400.00)  
Leg 435.94 ± 178.06 402.25 ± 154.53 0.901
  (199.00-1,182.80) (196.00-811.00)  
  1. BUN = blood urea nitrogen, ALT = alanine transaminase, AST = aspartate aminotransferase.