Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)
A digital (finger) rectal examination is done to check for problems with organs or other structures in the pelvis and lower belly. During the examination, the doctor gently puts a lubricated, gloved finger of one hand into the Reference rectum Opens New Window. He or she may use the other hand to press on the lower belly or pelvic area.
A Reference digital rectal exam Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window is done for men as part of a complete physical examination to check the Reference prostate gland Opens New Window. It is done for women as part of a gynecological examination to check the uterus and Reference ovaries Opens New Window. Other organs, such as the bladder, can sometimes also be felt during a digital rectal exam.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology