Investigating Pruritis Ani

A full clinical history and a careful examination of the anal skin, the anus itself and the rectum is always required. This will involve inspection of the lower part of the bowel by proctoscopy or rigid sigmoidoscopy. The aim of clinical investigation is to establish the underlying cause.

Sometimes a skin biopsy may be required for diagnosing underlying skin conditions such as anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN) or fungal infections.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
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