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Digital Rectal Examination

"Digital Rectal Examination" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

A physical examination in which the qualified health care worker inserts a lubricated, gloved finger of one hand into the RECTUM and may use the other hand to press on the lower ABDOMEN or pelvic area to palpate for abnormalities in the lower rectum, and nearby organs or tissues. The method is commonly used to check the lower rectum, the PROSTATE gland in men, and the UTERUS and OVARIES in women.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Digital Rectal Examination" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Digital Rectal Examination" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 30 publications over 15 distinct years, with a maximum of 5 publications in 2012
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