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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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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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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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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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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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I'm a man nearly 50 years old. When do I need to go for a rectal exam?

I'm a man nearly 50 years old. When do I need to go for a rectal exam?

Rectal exam: Recommended age for prostate cancer screening is 40 years. Also the rectal ex animation for colon, you should have it now at age 50. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I relax and not tense up during rectal exam. I don't handle them well!

How can I relax and not tense up during rectal exam. I don't handle them well!

Try this: Open your mouth and do slow deep breathing while you're having the exam or
try humming a tune and think of picturesque imagery.
Good luck! ...Read more

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I am going for a rectal exam tomorrow. Can u explain what they will do? And is it painful?

I am going for a rectal exam tomorrow. Can u explain what they will do? And is it painful?

It depends: On the reason they're doing a rectal exam. They usually check for hemorrhoids, anal fissure, blood in stool or any abnormalities related in the anus or rectal area. It usually does not take that long, a few seconds unless they use an anoscope. In males, the most common reason is checking the prostate, hemorrhoids and blood in the stool. ...Read more

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I'm scared about getting a rectal exam. Can you tell me exactly what it involves and how much it hurts?

I'm scared about getting a rectal exam. Can you tell me exactly what it involves and how much it hurts?

Rectal exam: It usually means a finger placed in the anus. It is usually part of a gyn exam. It is uncomfortable, but usually not more. I take it that is what you are asking. If there is an intestinal problem no vaginal exam may be involved. ...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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Digital rectal exam lithomy position?

Digital rectal exam lithomy position?

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. ...Read more

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Will I need an enema before rectal exam?

Will I need an enema before rectal exam?

No.: A digital rectal exam does not require an enema. Stool is not normally contained in the rectum, but rather higher up in the upper rectum/sigmoid. If stool is low in the rectum, usually there will be signals to have a bowel movement, which should be done prior to a digital rectal exam. ...Read more

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Will I have to take an enema before a rectal exam?

No.: Rectal exam as part of a physical exam, i.e. Insertion of a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum, does not need an enema. Anoscopy (insertion of a short tube into the anus to view the area generally does not unless surgical work is planned. Examination with a sigmoidoscope (rigid or flexible) does need enemas. ...Read more

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Can Dr's always feel internal hemrhoids during a digital rectal exam?

Can Dr's always feel internal hemrhoids during a digital rectal exam?

May be...: To a great degree, finding something significant is quite examiner subjective, reflecting individual acuity and keenness as well as the existing features such as the size & consistency of a tumor; so is digital rectal exam (DRE) to feel the presence of internal hemorrhoids. Besides, all life events always display on their pattern of full spectrum; at their very early stage, it is hard to perceive, ...Read more

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How is a rectal exam performed? How is a patient positioned for the exam? Is an erection normal after a rectal exam?

How is a rectal exam performed? How is a patient positioned for the exam? Is an erection normal after a rectal exam?

First rectal exam?: Examining practitioner will ask you to pull down your pants, either bend forward or lay on your side, & with a gloved finger will gently insert it into your rectum. The exam takes brief seconds, but permits assessment of rectal tenderness, masses, bleeding from the gut, rectal/anal tone, visual anal inspection, & your prostate. Rarely, expression of prostate fluid or erection may occur. Be well-- ...Read more

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Can you feel the linea dentata during a rectal exam? I feel something asymmetrical and hard like cartilage in the opposite direction of the prostate.

Can you feel the linea dentata during a rectal exam? I feel something asymmetrical and hard like cartilage in the opposite direction of the prostate.

Do not do it: Doing a rectal examination on yourself is not advised. You do not feel the dentate line. What you felt opposite to the prostate is likely to be the lower end of the tailbone. If you have a health issue, see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...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?

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 I ask gastro dr. If I can be nude for pelvic / rectal exam (instead of gown)?

Can I ask gastro dr. If I can be nude for pelvic / rectal exam (instead of gown)?

Yes, but....: You can ask - but physicians are trained to protect a patient's sense of modesty. Normally a gastroenterologist does not perform pelvic examinations. I think that if this request was made of me, as a physician I would wonder why. I would probably want a standby in the room through out. ...Read more

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Does the digital ano-rectal exam require being put to sleep? Not familiar with this exam.

Does the digital ano-rectal exam require being put to sleep? Not familiar with this exam.

No: Digital rectal examination does not require any anesthesia. Just talking to your doctor and understanding the procedure will help you relax. It may make you uncomfortable but it should not cause any pain unless u have a problem like anal fissure or piles. Let ur doctor know. A routine examination should cause you no pain or harm. ...Read more

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My former dr did a rectal exam on me while standing next to table resting my elbows on it I am a woman is that normal?

My former dr did a rectal exam on me while standing next to table resting my elbows on it I am a woman is that normal?

Possible: That is a more common position to do male and prostate exam.
But can be useful in female to allow anterior organs to fall forward- uterus etc.
Supine or lateral are also common positions.
The importance is to have a thorough exam whichever position. ...Read more