Digital Rectal Exam & Prostate Biopsy
In more recent studies, only 26% to 34% of men with suspicious findings on DRE have positive biopsies for cancer (1,2 and 3). So unfortunately the most widely used test for the detection of prostate cancer turns out to be the most subjective. Some factors affecting the results of DRE include: examiners’ skills, varied indication for the examination, selection of patients based on symptoms and age,…»»Read more: Digital Rectal Exam & Prostate Biopsy
DRE – How to perform a Digital Rectal Exam
The DRE remains a cornerstone in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, owing to its ease, lack of cost, low risk, and contribution to detection of cancer in men with normal PSA levels. With its low position in the pelvis, below the bladder neck, the anatomic position of the prostate allows palpation of the posterior wall by the finger placed per rectum. The…»»Read more: Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)- Prostate Rectal Exams
Digital Rectal Exams | PSA | Prostate Cancer
Because a part of the prostate gland can be felt through the rectum, an experienced doctor can do a digital rectal exam (DRE) and determine if there is any unusual growth or abnormality. A normal prostate is fairly soft and uniform. If there is prostate cancer present, depending on the stage and location, it may be hard (indurated) with lumps and nodules. If…»»Read more: DRE Digital Rectal Exams in detection of Prostate Cancer (PSA)
DRE & Enlarged prostate
If bph symptoms occur, a physical examination- DRE (Digital Rectal Exam)- is performed followed by a neurologic examination. The size and consistency of the prostate gland are noted. BPH is usually felt like a smooth, firm, elastic enlargement of the prostate. If Induration is detected during the DRE, the physician should realize the possibility of cancer and request further evaluation (prostate-specific antigen test [PSA], transrectal ultrasound, biopsy).