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So I was just reviewing something a few days ago in Tintinalli's... and found this (I am paraphrasing, because its upstairs and I have two days off and am NOT wasting my energy to go get it for SDN's sake):

In vaginal bleeders, one should always do a recto-vaginal exam.

Honestly, I can't remember the last time I did one. Sure, vag, no problem. Rectal? Iffy especially if the Hx is pretty straightforward.

So, I disagree with the book. I said it!

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I remember when I did my Ob rotation and the text (whose name escapes me) states that a women should have a recto-vaginal exam when a woman has her annual exam. I asked a bunch of my classmates and the bottom line is that only 1 of 6 had ever had that done. I think this is a case of best practices type stuff vs what happens in the real world.
 

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DrQuinn said:
So I was just reviewing something a few days ago in Tintinalli's... and found this (I am paraphrasing, because its upstairs and I have two days off and am NOT wasting my energy to go get it for SDN's sake):

In vaginal bleeders, one should always do a recto-vaginal exam.

Honestly, I can't remember the last time I did one. Sure, vag, no problem. Rectal? Iffy especially if the Hx is pretty straightforward.

So, I disagree with the book. I said it!

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It's just a book with a chapter written by an academic, often junior. I say, go with what makes sense.
 
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EctopicFetus said:
I remember when I did my Ob rotation and the text (whose name escapes me) states that a women should have a recto-vaginal exam when a woman has her annual exam. I asked a bunch of my classmates and the bottom line is that only 1 of 6 had ever had that done. I think this is a case of best practices type stuff vs what happens in the real world.
I asked a urogyn who does recto-vag exams why. He said you have a greater chance of finding ovarian masses.
 

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Annette said:
I asked a urogyn who does recto-vag exams why. He said you have a greater chance of finding ovarian masses.
Wow.....I learned something new
 

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I asked a urogyn who does recto-vag exams why. He said you have a greater chance of finding ovarian masses.
I do them not infrequently. I have found retro cecal appys (granted, still needed a CT to talk the surgeons into the OR), two endometrial nests (exquisite tenderness and "fullness" in pouch of Douglas), and one huge cyst that was causing mechanical constipation.

In short, I'm a believer.

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Personally, I don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die.
 
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FoughtFyr said:
I do them not infrequently. I have found retro cecal appys (granted, still needed a CT to talk the surgeons into the OR), two endometrial nests (exquisite tenderness and "fullness" in pouch of Douglas), and one huge cyst that was causing mechanical constipation.

In short, I'm a believer.

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I'm a believer... if its indicated.

Young woman, three days of abnormal vaginal bleeding, no other complaints. T's says do a RV exam. I'm saying no need to.

Now if she comes in with 5# weight loss, some constitutional symptoms, significant pain, or GI complains, sure.

But, man, doin' the six-pack hold on her? I'll hold. She can f/u with her gyney anyways.

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DrQuinn said:
I'm a believer... if its indicated.

Young woman, three days of abnormal vaginal bleeding, no other complaints. T's says do a RV exam. I'm saying no need to.

Now if she comes in with 5# weight loss, some constitutional symptoms, significant pain, or GI complains, sure.

But, man, doin' the six-pack hold on her? I'll hold. She can f/u with her gyney anyways.

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Oh, I agree with you in that scenario. I've just seen too many folks skip it in the undifferentiated lower abd. pain / pelvic pain in the female of childbearing age. In that setting, I find it useful...

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But, man, doin' the six-pack hold on her? I'll hold. She can f/u with her gyney anyways.
It's funny you mention it that way, because, due to this thread, I was thinking back to all those long years ago when I was a 3rd year student on Ob/Gyn, and I was in my preceptor's office (away from hospital), and he would do annual exams. He always did the RV exam, and I had to laugh, because he did a modified "shocker" ('modified' only because they weren't at the same time).
 

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BTW.....I fully intend to put the aforementioned knowledge to use for my own purposes..... :smuggrin:
 

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BTW.....I fully intend to put the aforementioned knowledge to use for my own purposes..... :smuggrin:
No need to do an U/S on most vag bleeders. If they're not pregnant, have a normal Hct, and an unremarkable pelvic exam they should go home. Dispo in 10 minutes or less.
 

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Assuming you have the probe, wouldnt TVUS be better anyway?
Looking for what? As EM U/S goes, free fluid and an IUP are what I'm specifically looking for. Beyond that, I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not making any other definitive statements.
 

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DropkickMurphy said:
BTW.....I fully intend to put the aforementioned knowledge to use for my own purposes..... :smuggrin:
Just remember the old adage with the double meaning:

Don't insult the vagina by doing the rectal exam first! ;)
 

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bulgethetwine said:
Just remember the old adage with the double meaning:

Don't insult the vagina by doing the rectal exam first! ;)
:smuggrin:
 
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