Colon

You are about to perform a rectal examination of an older adult.

  • What are the steps to examine this patient?
  • Explain your rationale.
  • What are some findings you can have while assessing the rectal sphincter?
  • Describe the differences during the rectal examination of acute prostatitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
  • What findings would expect on physical examination of acute prostatitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy?