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Bleeding is a characteristic symptom of digestive diseases such as colorectal cancer, anal fissures, fistulae, perianal (i.e., around the anus) skin disease, infections, and tumors, and a doctor is required to thoroughly examine the anus and rectum to locate swollen blood vessels that indicate hemorrhoids. Physical examination of the rectum is performed with a gloved, lubricated finger to feel for the abnormalities. Scrapings or biopsy samples of perianal skin are collected and tested for skin disease if required.
Indirect anoscopy makes use of a special mirror for visualizing a patients
anus wherein the patient is seated and directed to strain on a toilet.
A physician can detect exactly what is prolapsing with the help of indirect
anoscopy; it could be a hemorrhoid, rectal lining, rectal polyp or the
rectum itself (i.e., a condition called procidentia).
Article by Kona Vishnu, MS
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