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Will i need an enema before rectal exam?

Will i need an enema before rectal exam?

No.: A digital rectal exam does not require an enema. Stool is not normally contained in the rectum, but rather higher up in the upper rectum/sigmoid. If stool is low in the rectum, usually there will be signals to have a bowel movement, which should be done prior to a digital rectal exam. ...Read more

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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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Will I have to take an enema before a rectal exam?

Will I have to take an enema before a rectal exam?

No.: Rectal exam as part of a physical exam, i.e. Insertion of a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum, does not need an enema. Anoscopy (insertion of a short tube into the anus to view the area generally does not unless surgical work is planned. Examination with a sigmoidoscope (rigid or flexible) does need enemas. ...Read more

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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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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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Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Depends: I would need to know more about your hx, and what exactly was done during the rectal exam. If you had invasive type of procedure--lower GI series where a barium enema is introduced into anus--or a flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy--then cramping or bloating are to be expected for 4-24 hrs. If you are having further difficulties, consult with dr who ordered, or performed tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is a rectal exam performed?

How is a rectal exam performed?

Routine exam: Includes a rectal. Two positions: lying on side, bending over. With women it can be done as part of pelvic lying on back using fingers in vagina and rectum. A glove & lubricant are always used. The exam in men chcecks prostate as ewll as rectum, in women recto-vaginal septum. Stool on the glove is used to detect occult blood. A good exam should be thorough but not painful. ...Read more

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At what age does a guy have to have a rectal exam?

At what age does a guy have to have a rectal exam?

No age limit: Rectal examination done as a part of physical examination or when indicated to age limit for , male or female. ...Read more

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I'm a man nearly 50 years old. When do I need to go for a rectal exam?

I'm a man nearly 50 years old. When do I need to go for a rectal exam?

Rectal exam: Recommended age for prostate cancer screening is 40 years. Also the rectal ex animation for colon, you should have it now at age 50. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I relax and not tense up during rectal exam. I don't handle them well!

How can I relax and not tense up during rectal exam. I don't handle them well!

Try this: Open your mouth and do slow deep breathing while you're having the exam or try humming a tune and think of picturesque imagery. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm scared about getting a rectal exam. Can you tell me exactly what it involves and how much it hurts?

I'm scared about getting a rectal exam. Can you tell me exactly what it involves and how much it hurts?

Rectal exam: It usually means a finger placed in the anus. It is usually part of a gyn exam. It is uncomfortable , but usually not more. I take it that is what you are asking. If there is an intestinal problem no vaginal exam may be involved. ...Read more

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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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