• Symptom
  • citation needed] In case of long-lasting symptoms, above all in patients over 50 years of age, a colonoscopy is useful to rule out a colonic polyp or tumor, that can show pruritus ani as first symptom. (wikipedia.org)
  • often
  • In pruritus ani, itching is often localized in the anal region with little or no itching elsewhere. (geniderm.com)
  • Although pruritus ani is not a life threatening and accompanying serious systemic illness is rare, it is often important to do a thorough systemic examination for any malignancies like squamous cell carcinoma and extramammary paget's disease, so you don't have to regret later. (geniderm.com)
  • 1 When pruritus ani has no demonstrable aetiology, it is often described as idiopathic, and advice regarding hygiene and drying methods is usually given, with poor results. (bmj.com)