Why should I get a rectal exam?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Hemorrhoids and anal fissures are visible on rectal exam -- something you might be hesitant to have but should be sure to request. When people are embarrassed about having me examine their rectum, I remind them that for me it's like looking at their elbow. A carefully done rectal exam should cause minimum if any discomfort and can yield lots of useful information, so don't be shy about talking to your doctor about what's going on back there!

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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