The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp 254–261 | Cite as

Pruritus ani

  • Alfred J. Cantor


A new classification for pruritus ani is suggested. Division into “secondary pruritus ani,” when the etiology is discoverable, and “cryptogenic pruritus ani,” for cases of undetermined etiology, would unify the literature and direct the practical therapeutic approach.

The etiology and physiology of the disease is discussed at length. The author’s therapy of pernicious cryptogenic pruritus ani is described in detail. Tattoo with mercuric sulphide, and the operation of tattoo-neurotomy are recommended as the procedures of choice.


Epidural Injection Fecal Soiling Undetermined Etiology Sweet Almond Mercuric Sulphide 


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  • Alfred J. Cantor
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  1. 1.Flushing

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