Digital Rectal Examination (Fig. 2a and 2b)
During examination of the anal region and before doing the rectal examination, the hand is protected by a plastic glove. A number of disposable gloves of varying strengths are on the market. One may additionally use a finger cot on the forefinger, which is removed after the examination. The examination can also be done using a finger cot alone with the finger stuck through a piece of gauze that protects the rest of the hand. Right-handed examiners often elect to use the forefinger of the left hand for the rectal examination and keep the right hand uncontaminated for handling instruments.
KeywordsAnal Canal Rectal Prolapse Anal Fissure Digital Rectal Examination Internal Hemorrhoid
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