What's Your Position on Digital Rectal Exams?

November 1, 2007

The left lateral decubitus position is both a less awkward and a more productive position for digital rectal examinations than the standard one in which the patient bends over the examining table.

 

The left lateral decubitus position is both a less awkward and a more productive position for digital rectal examinations than the standard one in which the patient bends over the examining table. Patients seem to prefer being examined while lying on their side. The entire procedure goes more smoothly and rapidly, and it is easier to palpate the prostate more completely in this position as well.

----David E. Bright, MD
Jensen Beach, Fla

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