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Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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?

Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
56 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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What is a digital rectal exam?

Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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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. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
28 years in practice
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What you should feel when giving yourself a rectal exam ... What is a digital rectal exam? An exam.A

Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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What you should feel when giving yourself a rectal exam ... What is a digital rectal exam? An exam.A

Try this: http://m.wikihow.com/Check-Your-Prostate

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Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
16 years in practice
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Is it possible for you to give yourself a digital rectal exam?

Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
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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 more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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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
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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How effective is a digital rectal exam for cancer screening?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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Dr. Atul Singh
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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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

Dr. Atul Singh
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
23 years in practice
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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

Hemosure: Hemosure is used to test for blood on stool and is an immunlogical test with increased accuracy. You should discuss consideration of a colonoscopy with your MD to determine the reason for a positive test. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Can a doctor tell the difference between a polyp and an internal hemorrhoid during a digital rectal exam?

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
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Can a doctor tell the difference between a polyp and an internal hemorrhoid during a digital rectal exam?

Yes and no: It all depends on the anatomy.

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
20 years in practice
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Can an anal fissure be detected by a colon rectal surgeon by a digital rectal exam or anoscopy?

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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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
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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?

Dr. Philip Junglas
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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

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