Method Of Exam
|Author: A. Chandrasekhar, MD
||Consultant: J. Pickleman, MD
and M. Klamut, MD
This step is included in the physical exam even though it is a procedure, as it is an integral part of the rectal exam.
- Withdraw your finger and test any retained stool fecal matter for occult blood.
- Open the Guaiac testing kit and spread a thin film of stool onto the designated area. Close the cover and apply two drops of solution onto the control and specimen areas. Observe the change of color.
- Follow instructions on kit for evaluation of results.
- The current recommendation is to defer to three stools for occult blood testing. There may be some injury and stool may test positive for blood during the rectal exam.