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    Physical Exam for Hemorrhoids

    A careful physical exam, including a digital rectal exam, is needed to help diagnose hemorrhoids if you have rectal bleeding, itching, discomfort, or pain. Results of the exam can help your doctor know whether further testing is needed.

    During the exam, you will lie on your side with your knees drawn to your chest. Some exam rooms have a table that holds you in a "head down, buttocks up" position.

    Your doctor will:

    • Look to see if you have external hemorrhoids and large (third- or fourth-degree) internal hemorrhoids that bulge from the anus.
    • Insert a gloved, lubricated finger into your anus to feel for hemorrhoids or other abnormalities in the anal canal and rectum.

    A digital rectal exam is often followed by inspection of the anal canal with a lighted instrument called an anoscope.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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