Rectovaginal Exam
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 Related Terms
• pelvic exam
• bimanual exam
• ovarian cancer  
Definition: Part of the pelvic or gyn examination where the health care professional palpates (feels) the internal pelvic organs by inserting one gloved finger in the rectum and one in the vagina. This is the best way to detect certain abnormalities, including parts of the uterus, ovaries, and colon, and is part of a good screening for ovarian cancer.

Pronunciation: rek toe VAG in al (noun)

Also Known As: incorrectly referred to as the bimanual or rectal exam

Alternate Spellings: recto-vaginal examination

Common Misspellings: rectalvagino exam

Related Resources:

Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

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HPV/Dysplasia Resource Page
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