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What An Abnormal Digital Rectal Exam Means

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A digital rectal exam, also known as a DRE, examines the condition of the prostate to see if there are signs of cancer or any other abnormalities. If you have an abnormal digital rectal exam, miVIP offers a variety of effective treatments methods.

We are committed to putting state-of-the-art medical technology to good use to keep our patients as healthy as possible. Make us your first choice if your doctor has recommended that you look into prostate biopsies or a digital rectal exam.

Prevalence of Prostate Cancer

Some of the statistics associated with prostate cancer include:

  • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men
  • Roughly 240,000 individuals will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every year
  • More than eight percent of those diagnosed will lose their life to prostate cancer

Common Conditions Associated With an Abnormal Digital Rectal Exam

A physician will insert their finger into the patient’s rectum during the digital rectal exam in order to look for prostate gland abnormalities before considering prostate biopsies. Some of the conditions that might be identified include:

  • Prostatic Stones – Even though these calcified stones can be difficult to identity during a DRE, they are searched for anyway
  • Prostate Infection – If the prostate is warm, tender or swollen during an digital rectal exam, it might be a sign of a bacterial infection
  • Prostate Cancer – Odd growths might be identified
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – A swollen prostate

Symptoms of Abnormal DREs

There is a chance that you might be recommended for prostate biopsies if you experience any of the following:

  • A nodule/bump on the prostate
  • Swollen prostate
  • An area of the prostate that is harder than the rest
  • More tenderness than normal when the prostate is touched

Options for Treatment for Abnormal DREs

There are two main treatment options for an abnormal digital rectal exam. The first is a prostate biopsy where tissue samples will be taken with hollow needles. The prostate biopsy sample is sent to a pathologist who will then check for cancer.

The second option is a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. With this test, the blood will be tested in order to look for heightened PSA levels, which can indicate prostate cancer. Prostate biopsies are usually done if the PSA level is normal but abnormalities are found during the rectal exam.

Prostate Exam Prognosis

The results of an abnormal digital rectal exam do the most good when the exam is done early. In fact, the chances of the individual dying are reduced nearly 40 percent by early screenings. Exam results can also help miVIP surgeons develop an effective treatment plan.

Schedule Your DRE Today!

An early screening test might be just the thing that saves you from prostate cancer. Schedule your exam today at the Las Vegas miVIP surgery center by calling 877-956-2263.

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