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A careful physical exam, including a
digital rectal exam, is needed to help diagnose
hemorrhoids if you have rectal bleeding, itching, discomfort, or pain. Results
of the exam can help your doctor know whether further testing is needed.
During the exam, you will lie on your side with your knees drawn to
your chest. Some exam rooms have a table that holds you in a "head down,
buttocks up" position.
Your doctor will:
A digital rectal exam is often followed by inspection of the anal
canal with a lighted instrument called an anoscope.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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