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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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Can an anal fissure be detected by a colon rectal surgeon by a digital rectal exam or anoscopy?

Not so deep: This can often be detected by simply spreading the anal opening by lateral traction on adjacent skin. Any primary care doc can find the common ones. Anoscopy can see further up but is usually unnecessary unless you are looking for a source of bleeding. ...Read more

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Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

No.: Not at all common. Just embarrassing and uncomfortable, but not painful with KY lubricant use. Better return to the doctor and discuss it. Perhaps there is a painful lesion there to make a fistula a possibility which causes pain? ...Read more

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How is a rectal exam performed?

How is a rectal exam performed?

Routine exam: Includes a rectal. Two positions: lying on side, bending over. With women it can be done as part of pelvic lying on back using fingers in vagina and rectum. A glove & lubricant are always used. The exam in men chcecks prostate as ewll as rectum, in women recto-vaginal septum. Stool on the glove is used to detect occult blood. A good exam should be thorough but not painful. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rectal exam?

What is the definition or description of: rectal exam?

Rectal Exam: 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 information to your provider. ...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 to relax during a rectal exam?

Breathe: Take deep breaths and follow the doctor's advice and guidance. ...Read more

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Is possible to do digital rectal exam on yourself?

Is possible to do digital rectal exam on yourself?

Possible: It is possible and I am sure it has been done. We put things in peoples rear end all the time in medicine - suppositories, exams, enemas, disimpaction, scopes. But I am not sure you could reliably detect anything wrong so it is probably more curiosity than utility. ...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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How do u "squeeze" for a rectal exam?? Do u push like tryn to go to the bathroom or kinda like a keagal?

How do u "squeeze" for a rectal exam?? Do u push like tryn to go to the bathroom or kinda like a keagal?

Trying too hard?: Depending upon what your doctor is looking for, he may during a digital rectal exam ask you to bear down like having a bowel movement (to check pelvic floor muscles), squeeze around his finger (to check anal tone), and/or lots of other maneuvers. Do you have a specific problem we can assist with? ...Read more

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Is it normal that the gynecologist did a rectal exam?

Is it normal that the gynecologist did a rectal exam?

Yes: A rectal exam is often included during a pelvic exam. You should not consider this abnormal. ...Read more

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

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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Can you do a rectal exam on yourself?

Can you do a rectal exam on yourself?

I can't: And don't recommend you do either as you do not know what normal feels like and can cause trauma related issues and infection if not performed properly. ...Read more

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How is a rectal exam done in children?

How is a rectal exam done in children?

Digitally: Usually the physician inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the anus of the child while the childs legs are held in a bent position. It is usually a safe procedure. ...Read more

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At what age does a guy have to have a rectal exam?

At what age does a guy have to have a rectal exam?

No age limit: Rectal examination done as a part of physical examination or when indicated to age limit for, male or female. ...Read more

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Is it true that a rectal exam is normal for a 30 yr old woman?

Is it true that a rectal exam is normal for a 30 yr old woman?

Yes: A rectal exam should be part of the annual pelvic exam for women. Generally done with one finger in the vagina and one in the rectum after evaluating the vagina and doing a pap smear. ...Read more

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Anoscopy (Definition)

Anoscopy is the inspection of the junction between the very last part of the colon, the sphincter (the muscle part of the anus,) and the skin just outside the opening. A small instrument of either clear plastic or metal is inserted into the anus to show these areas. This is generally used for ...Read more