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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: How common is this type of exam?

 Whiney - Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:30 am

Just a general question, how common is it for a proctologist or GI doc to have a need to perform a pelvic exam as well as a colo-rectal exam on a female patient with abdominal pain? Is this something that is standard or is it something not often necessary? I would imagine it is necessary for some but I was just wondering what is standard.

Thanks in advance!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:33 am

User avatar Hello,

A pelvic examination is mandatory in evaluating a female patient with abdominal pain in order to look for evidence of salpingitis or adnexal masses.

This is particularly important if the pain is in the lower abdomen.

That said, if you do not feel comfortable about your doctor in any way, you can always seek the opinion of another doctor.

Best regards,

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