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What is a digital rectal exam?

What is a digital rectal exam?

An exam: By a medical professional whereby a digit or finger is inserted into the rectum to feel for any abnormalities, check for blood or stool, abscess, tumor, infection or any other mass. In men the prostate can be examined in this fashion as well. ...Read more

Rectal Exam (Definition)

A rectal exam is where a practitioner examines the last part of the colon (or rectum) by placing a finger or small plastic scope through the anus. This is important to detect issues such as prostate problems, continence disturbances, rectal cancers, and more. While often uncomfortable for patients it is very short and gives a lot of ...Read more


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Is possible to do digital rectal exam on yourself?

Is possible to do digital rectal exam on yourself?

Possible: It is possible and I am sure it has been done. We put things in peoples rear end all the time in medicine - suppositories, exams, enemas, disimpaction, scopes. But I am not sure you could reliably detect anything wrong so it is probably more curiosity than utility. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to give yourself a digital rectal exam?

It's possible.: It is possible, but it takes a physician lots of time to learn how to do one correctly and what to feel for to be able to tell what is normal and what is abnormal. You can certainly do one on yourself, but have your physician do one during an annual exam too. ...Read more

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Digital rectal exam lithomy position?

Digital rectal exam lithomy position?

May depend on doctor: A good position for a rectal exam is a one where the anus is accessible to the doctor's finger, and the doctor feels he is able to get a really good exam: lying on the side, bent over the examination table, or lying down with feet in stirrup (lithotomy position), etc... The position is not that important. What's important is that the dr. Is able to reach and feel everything he wants to examine. ...Read more

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Can Dr's always feel internal hemrhoids during a digital rectal exam ?

Can Dr's always feel internal hemrhoids during a digital rectal exam ?

May be...: To a great degree, finding something significant is quite examiner subjective, reflecting individual acuity and keenness as well as the existing features such as the size & consistency of a tumor; so is digital rectal exam (DRE) to feel the presence of internal hemorrhoids. Besides, all life events always display on their pattern of full spectrum; at their very early stage, it is hard to perceive, ...Read more

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Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

No.: Not at all common. Just embarrassing and uncomfortable, but not painful with KY lubricant use. Better return to the doctor and discuss it. Perhaps there is a painful lesion there to make a fistula a possibility which causes pain? ...Read more

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I am 57. A week ago my psa test was 4.01 ng/ml. The digital rectal exam of prostate was normal. Shoul i be concerned?

I am 57. A week ago my psa test was 4.01 ng/ml. The digital rectal exam of prostate was normal. Shoul i be concerned?

PSA: Since your psa is abnormal for your age, the only way youre going to know if cancer is present is by having a biopsy. The risk of a properly prepped (antibiotis and enema) transrectal biopsy are minimal. ...Read more

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Had a urologist give me a digital rectal exam and I have an inflamed prostrate. He just told me it will get better and take acidophilus, is this true?

Had a urologist give me a digital rectal exam and I have an inflamed prostrate. He just told me it will get better and take acidophilus, is this true?

Congestion: The urologist probably felt that your prostate gland was congested rather than infected. If the gland was infected a course of antibiotics would be indicated. Acidophilis shouldn't harm you. Sitting in a tub of warm water is soothing, also. ...Read more