Many people would rather do almost anything than have a digital rectal exam. It's on the short list of exams that people avoid like the plague. In truth, it's a simple, quick test that can tell your doctor a lot about what's going on in your digestive system.
A digital rectal exam could be performed by almost any practitioner, but gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons are specially trained to do these exams. This test usually only lasts a few seconds, but perhaps longer if the doctor needs the patient to try and squeeze or bear down while performing the exam. In most cases it is not painful, but a little discomfort and embarrassment are probably to be expected. Learn more about digital rectal exams.
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