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Digital Rectal Examination
DRE allows the doctor to feel for abnormal growths within the rectum and, in men, to palpate the PROSTATE GLAND for enlargement and possibly nodules that could suggest PROSTATE CANCER. The doctor can perform Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) as an office procedure; there is little discomfort. The person may lie on his or her side with knees drawn up. DRE may accompany a PELVIC EXAMINATION for a woman. DRE is also part of the examination to determine the cause of acute ABDOMINAL PAIN and other symptoms of health conditions affecting the lower gastrointestinal tract.