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If doctor did a rectal exam did he test my poop? It was really quick?

If doctor did a rectal exam did he test my poop? It was really quick?

Depends: If it is routine rectal examination stool will not be tested, if needed yes stool will be tested. ...Read more

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 does it mean if my doctor finds poo during a rectal exam, is this normal?

What does it mean if my doctor finds poo during a rectal exam, is this normal?

Happens all the time: It is not uncommon for there to be stool in the rectal vault; otherwise testing stool for blood in this manner would not be a common exam. ...Read more

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My husband is having a passage of fresh blood often when he is defacating hard stool. The doctor made rectal exam with negative findings.Wat cn ths b?

My husband is having a passage of fresh blood often when he is defacating hard stool. The doctor made rectal exam with negative findings.Wat cn ths b?

Hard stool may be: The cause, and fiber increase can soften, and i suggest dried fruits such as prunes and apricots. If bleeding occurs with normalizing stool, nd even with what you revealed, endoscopy to assess portions above the finger for polyps, tumors, and diverticuli is in order. ...Read more

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Today I had a rectal exam because I been having blood in my stools since yesterday but I'm not constipated, doctor said I have a small hemorrhoid N gave me stool softener and said nothing to worry about. But should I be concerned? 6 months pregnant

Today I had a rectal exam because I been having blood in my stools since yesterday but I'm not constipated, doctor said I have a small hemorrhoid N gave me stool softener and said nothing to worry about. But should I be concerned? 6 months pregnant

Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are extremely common especially in pregnancy. Over the counter hemorrhoid creams are available. Prescription strength medications are available as well. The doctor who did your exam is in the best person to guide you through the treatment options for your specific hemorrhoids. ...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?

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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Lower left abdominal pain, fever of 99.7. my physical last Tuesday, at that time my doctor did a rectal exam, test pos. for blood, ?

Lower left abdominal pain, fever of 99.7.  my physical last Tuesday, at that time my doctor did a rectal exam,  test pos. for blood, ?

LLQ pain: Left lower quadrant pain with low grade fever and stool positive for blood probably related to colon pathology. Some common causes are infection, colitis, diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease. Contact your physician, even though you had a recent physical you may need to be checked out when you are symptomatic, ...Read more

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How do u "squeeze" during a rectal exam? Is itlike pushing to poop or more like a keagal?

How do u "squeeze" during a rectal exam? Is itlike pushing to poop or more like a keagal?

Hmm: Squeeze your gluteal muscles together and it should close your rectal sphincter. Using a combination of kegel and gluteal muscle exercises should do the trick. Why are you needing to squeeze your rectum? ...Read more

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Maroon gooey blood end of bowel a month ago had bright red last wk. both size of 25 cent coin. pcp rectal exam normal. Tiny red spots on poop. cause?

Maroon gooey blood end of bowel a month ago had bright red last wk. both size of 25 cent coin. pcp rectal exam normal. Tiny red spots on poop. cause?

Internal hemorrhoids: The source of your rectal bleeding, in view of normal preliminary labs and rectal exam would probably best be evaluated by a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. Your PCP should provide you with a GI referral. ...Read more

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Maroon gooey blood after bowel a month ago had bright red last wk. No history of colon Ca. pcp rectal exam normal. Tiny red spots on poop. No pain. cause?

Maroon gooey blood after bowel a month ago had bright red last wk. No history of colon Ca. pcp rectal exam normal. Tiny red spots on poop. No pain. cause?

Many possibilities: The possiblities are numerous including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, diverticulitis, colitis, AV malformations, gastric ulcers. The one possibliity however that does need to be ruled out sooner than later is colon cancer. You may need to have a colonoscopy. Colon cancer is not the most common cause but it is the most concerning cause. ...Read more

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What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

Screening tool: On rare occasion a low lying rectal cancer can be detected on the exam by feeling it. Most often stool is sampled and analyzed for traces of blood. If blood is found then the doctor can check for hemorrhoids and may recommend a colonoscopy to find out if there is a specific cause such as a polyp or a cancer or diverticulosis. ...Read more

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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 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?

Suggestion: 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! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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How could a rectal exam assist doctors to determine if a spinal injury is present?

How could a rectal exam assist doctors to determine if a spinal injury is present?

Spinal injury: A rectal exam to check for spinal injury is really an examination of the anal sphincter tone. If the tone is not present or decreased (having the patient bear down with the final in the rectal canal) during the examination, it could be an indicator that there is an injury. ...Read more

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Will a doctor still do a rectal exam if im on my period?

Will a doctor still do a rectal exam if im on my period?

Depends: Most doctors who do a rectal exam use a separate glove than the one they use for their vaginal exam so as not to transport possible viruses or bacteria between them. I don't typically perform routine rectal exams on women your age unless clinically indicated. Your period has no effect, however, on the exam, unless, of course, he/she is doing a stool guiac and is checking for blood. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a doctor feel polyps doing a rectal exam?

Polyps: Polyps are not frequently found during a rectal exam because they are higher up in the colon and/or rectum and not able to be felt with the examiner's finger. ...Read more

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Just got a rectal exam at emergency, doctor say that I have an enlarged prostate but it's not to worry about, just odd because I'm 32. How does he know it's not to worry about? Why would I get an enlarged prostate so young?

Just got a rectal exam at emergency, doctor say that I have an enlarged prostate but it's not to worry about, just odd because I'm 32.  How does he know it's not to worry about?  Why would I get an enlarged prostate so young?

PROSTATITIS EVAL: R/O prostatitis it may be tough to treat. Hopefully you have seen a urologist recently. 1st line ab would be doxycycline for 6-8 wks, if no response cipro (ciprofloxacin) may be tried . I would recheck labs /UA C&S. & testosterone level . You also need abdominal/pelvic/prostate US R/O prostate stones. Also switch to gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com /GUTBLISS.com ...Read more

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First 2 annual gyno apt, doctor has not preformed a breast exam or rectal exam- only does pap & bimanual quickly. Is this something I should ask for?

First 2 annual gyno apt, doctor has not preformed a breast exam or rectal exam- only does pap & bimanual quickly. Is this something I should ask for?

Possibly: At least, ask your doctor why you don't need them. It's your health- speak up. They may have a good reason. This is best handled in a conversation with your doctor. ...Read more

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Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more