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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


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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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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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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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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

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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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