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Dr. Donald Colantino
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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

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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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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

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Dr. Matthew Solhjem
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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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How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

May not: A digital rectal examination can only test as far a finger will go into the rectum. A finger inserted through the anus cannot reach colon, therefore a digital rectal examination cannot detect colon cancer. However, rectum is part of the colon and a common site for cancer and a digital rectal exam is useful. Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How effective is a digital rectal exam for cancer screening?

How effective is a digital rectal exam for cancer screening?

Do the Math: The length of the colon and rectum is about 5 feet, so a digital exam, although important, will only find tumors within a few inches of the anus. Colonoscopy remains the "gold standard" for colorectal ca screening. ...Read more

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Can an anal fissure be detected by a colon rectal surgeon by a digital rectal exam or anoscopy?

Can an anal fissure be detected by a colon rectal surgeon by a digital rectal exam or anoscopy?

Yes: It can be if its located in the rectal vault. Anoscopy can visualize somewhat higher up and can detect fissues as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Junglas
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Would a colonrectal surgeon be able to tell if my prostate was enlarged when she completed a digital rectal exam and/or andoscopy while searching for internal hemorrhoids?

Would a colonrectal surgeon be able to tell if my prostate was enlarged when she completed a digital rectal exam and/or andoscopy while searching for internal hemorrhoids?

Yes.: While they may not routinely focus on the prostate portion of the exam, it would be something they could feel with the digital exam. Prostate size is not sufficiently visualized with anoscopy. There are folds of colon tissue that move out of the way with the finger test but sometimes obscure the anoscopy visualization. Since they don't focus on the prostate, though, they may not wish to comment ...Read more

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