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?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
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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.
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What is a digital rectal exam?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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.
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How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

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Carefully


THe physician will insert a gloved finger into the rectum, feeling for abnormal masses and or blood, Stool should be tested immunologically for blood. Although still considered a screening evaluation that is acceptable, a colonoscopy is still the best screening tool we have for early colon/rectal cancer detection.
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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.
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Preventing Prostate Cancer

Interesting Fact

Prostate cancer screening involves a blood test (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE).

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How effective is a digital rectal exam for cancer screening?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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.
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Is it possible for you to give yourself a digital rectal exam?

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Dr. Matthew C. Solhjem
Radiation Oncology

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.
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Preventing Prostate Cancer

What To Ask Your Doc

Ask doctor for your PSA level, your IPSS/ AUA symptom score and your digital rectal exam findings.

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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?

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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.
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Digital rectal exam lithomy position?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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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.
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How accurate are digital rectal exam?

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Depends


What are you checking for?
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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?

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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.
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My ct scan shows 'diffuse symmetrical thickening of the wall of the distal rectum. Digital rectal exam recommended' worrisome? bowel symptoms also.

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Dr. Addagada C. Rao
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Talk to your doctor


Most likely you already have rectal exam, you don't have to worry as long as not on inner mucosal layer ,cancers start from mucosa not from muscle wall , at 43 you will need not just digital exam , need complete visualization by colonoscopy , speak to your doctor .
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