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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?
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
What you should feel when giving yourself a rectal exam ... What is a digital rectal exam? An exam.A
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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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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