Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rectal Itching Evaluation

The evaluation of pruritus ani begins with a history and physical exam, including a rectal exam.

Physical findings in someone with pruritus ani may include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of pruritus ani.

Tests that may be used to evaluate pruritus ani include:

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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