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When to get a digital rectal examination as a guy?

When to get a digital rectal examination as a guy?

IF no symptoms: A good age to start for prostate cancer detection as well as rectal/anal issues is age 40. ...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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Is lady's digital rectal examination uncomfortable?

Is lady's digital rectal examination uncomfortable?

Shouldn't be: This should be a gentle component of a vaginal examination and while a bit of a shock the first time, should not be a lasting issue. If there is no pathology in this region, there is nothing to cause deeper pain. ...Read more

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How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

Consistency: Benign enlargement the gland gets enlarged almost 3 finger size, may not able to reach upper end of prostate, the central grove will disappears, consistency is not hard like malignancy, your urologist is an expert who has knowledge to distinguish from other conditions, finally if needed will do a biopsy to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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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?

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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?

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

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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How effective is a digital rectal exam for cancer screening?

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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