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A rectal examination is used to check for lumps or swelling in your anus or rectum and help find out why you're having certain symptoms.

A rectal examination involves lying on your side while a doctor or nurse feels inside your bottom with their finger.

You'll get the results of a rectal examination straight away. The doctor or nurse will explain what they found and what it might mean.

A rectal examination is where a doctor or nurse checks inside your bottom (anus and rectum) with their finger.

Page last reviewed: 12/05/2024
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