Examination of the prostate by rectal touch

What is digital rectal examination?

The major part of the prostate cannot be palpated by this digital rectal examination, but by examining its posterior face, the urologist can perceive abnormally firm zones or hardened nodules. This observation is abnormal because the prostate is usually smooth, elastic and of rounded consistency. However the palpation of an anomaly in the digital rectal examination does not mean necessarily that there is prostate cancer.

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