The Rectal Examination - Clinical Methods - NCBI Bookshelf
NCBI Bookshelf. Boston: Butterworths; A wag once remarked, with considerable truth, that a consultant is a doctor who makes a rectal examination. Rectal examination consists of visual inspection of the perianal skin, digital palpation of the rectum, and assessment of neuromuscular function of the perineum. The clinical situation and experience of the examiner will often dictate which of several methods to employ in performing the rectal examination.