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Rectal examination

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A rectal examination or rectal exam is an internal examination of the rectum by a physician.

The digital rectal examination (DRE) is the simplest procedure. The patient is placed in a position where the anus is accessible and relaxed (lying on the side, squatting on the examination table, bent over the examination table, etc). The physician inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum through the anus and palpates the insides.

This examination may be used: