Professional Reference articles are designed for health professionals to use. You may find one of our health articles more useful. NICE has issued rapid update guidelines in relation to many of these. This guidance is changing frequently. Rectal examination is an important part of the abdominal examination and genitourinary examination.
A rectovaginal examination is a type of gynecological examination used to supplement a pelvic examination. In the rectovaginal examination, a doctor or other health care provider places one finger in the vagina and another in the rectum to assess the rectovaginal septum. The examiner will look for any scarring or masses that may indicate cancer or another disease. Typically, a rectovaginal examination is performed to assess pelvic pain, rectal symptoms, or a pelvic mass.
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