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

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: This is part of a

Complete neurologic exam to see if you have a cauda equina syndrome as well as combined with another maneuver to see if the person injured is in or out of a condition known as spinal shock which helps to assess the degree of spinal cord injury and its prognosis or potential outcome.

In brief: This is part of a

Complete neurologic exam to see if you have a cauda equina syndrome as well as combined with another maneuver to see if the person injured is in or out of a condition known as spinal shock which helps to assess the degree of spinal cord injury and its prognosis or potential outcome.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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