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How Long Does A Digital Rectal Exam Take
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
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
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
What you should feel when giving yourself a rectal exam. .. What is a digital rectal exam? An exam. A
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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
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
Hello, I am a 41 year old woman who is in good health. At a recent GYN visit, my dr did a digital rectal exam. While I was getting dressed Aftet the dr left the room, I noticed a test called Hemasure on the counter and it was becoming positive. When I met
Can a doctor tell the difference between a polyp and an internal hemorrhoid during a digital rectal exam?
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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?
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
Is it a problem if my doctor uses psa (protein specific antigen) tests instead of a digital rectal exam for the prostate?
No: Prostate specific antigen (not protein) is a very sensitive marker of prostate function. It very frequently will be elevated before any abnormality is detected by digital rectal exam. However, nothing beats a good clinician being able to feel something on exam. So, really, the two work together to achieve the best results. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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?
Is necessary to perform digital rectal exam or colonoscopy when I feel pressure in anus and I have continuously anal pain and blood on stool surface?
Digital rectal exam: For the symptoms related to problems with anal canal, one might have internal hemmorhoids, a fissure or even an early malignant growth. When examined only by colonoscopy, the scope passes this area without identifying any problem that may exist. A digital exam and possibly proctoscopy with a very short scope limited to the area of interest is the approach to be employed. ...Read more
My CT scan shows 'diffuse symmetrical thickening of the wall of the distal rectum. Digital rectal exam recommended' worrisome? Bowel symptoms also.
I'm 50years old, african descent, no family history of prostate cancer. Psa 4.1 but normal digital rectal exam. Is biopsy recommended? Any risk? Thanks
Yes: Indication for a prostate biopsy are an abnormal dre or an elevated psa (most common reason). There is no psa level at which one can absolutely say that prostate cancer is or is not present; only that the higher the psa the greater the probability. Normal/average psa for age 50: ~0.7. Chance of fnding pca on bx with psa 4.1: ~25-35%. Risks of bx: infection, bleeding, pain, urinary retention. ...Read more
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
No: Digital rectal examination does not require any anesthesia. Just talking to your doctor and understanding the procedure will help you relax. It may make you uncomfortable but it should not cause any pain unless u have a problem like anal fissure or piles. Let ur doctor know. A routine examination should cause you no pain or harm. ...Read more
I feel mistreated by local hospital. Does it take a doc and tech to do a rectal exam tech reached completely over me to grab my butt cheek n pull open?
I suggest strongly that you speak with the Patient Representative (Usually an R.N) at the hospital and convey your complaints. This is necessary not only for your complaint but for OTHERS who may follow you!
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Uc flare with thin stools, chunks of blood in stool, and frequency. Egd, colonoscopy, biopsies & digital perianal & rectal exam all normal. Confused?
UC is long-term: Ulcerative colitis is a lifelong inflammatory disease of the lining of the large intestine and rectum, that may have systemic consequences, is often relapsing, and can lead to colon cancer. Flares may occur acutely, even after an unremarkable colon evaluation. Don't delay in ruling out superimposed infection, & seeking help from your gastroenterologist. Call him/her now-- ...Read more
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How do u "squeeze" for a rectal exam?? Do u push like tryn to go to the bathroom or kinda like a keagal?
Trying too hard?: Depending upon what your doctor is looking for, he may during a digital rectal exam ask you to bear down like having a bowel movement (to check pelvic floor muscles), squeeze around his finger (to check anal tone), and/or lots of other maneuvers. Do you have a specific problem we can assist with? ...Read more
Yes: With rare exceptions, I recommend a rectal exam with the pelvic exam. It allows the doctor to feel behind the uterus making it easier to detect ovarian cysts or nodularity of endometriosis, in women over 40, it provides an exam of the rectum which can show occult polyps or even cancers. I feel the rectal exam adds to the completeness of the pelvic exam allowing a true clean bill of health. ...Read more
Depends: If it is routine rectal examination stool will not be tested, if needed yes stool will be tested. ...Read more
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