oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The pruritic anus

Volume 9, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Pruritus ani is a very common condition in this country and a very unpleasant one for the sufferer. In my experience I have never had to resort to the injection of local anaesthetics or skin grafting. In nearly every case a full history and a careful examination both general and local disclose a cause, and with the patient's cooperation the condition can either be eliminated or at least kept under control. The occasional patient may need psychiatric treatment, as symptoms recur at times of emotional stress, but I am fortunate that I have never seen one.

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