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Do GI doctors perform anoscopes and rectoscopes during a colonoscopy? Can it be requested or are anoscope/rectoscope exclusive to proctologists?

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
Internal Medicine - Oncology

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A colonoscope is inserted into the anus, ascends through the rectum, and goes on to check the rest of the bowel.
Thus colonoscopy includes examination of the anus and rectum. However, if there is a suspicion of anal pre-cancer (e.g. In HIV positive men) a specialized magnifying instrument is used to assess the anus.

In brief: Included

A colonoscope is inserted into the anus, ascends through the rectum, and goes on to check the rest of the bowel.
Thus colonoscopy includes examination of the anus and rectum. However, if there is a suspicion of anal pre-cancer (e.g. In HIV positive men) a specialized magnifying instrument is used to assess the anus.
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