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Physical examination

  • Physical exams are performed as part of disease diagnosis and after disease confirmation during scheduled follow up appointments
  • In this exam, a doctor will focus their attention on two areas: the abdomen for tenderness and inflammatory mass and the rectal area for a number of signs (anal tags, fissures [cracks in the lining of the anus] and fistulae)
  • The doctor may also feel for distension, and possible changes in other internal organs such as the liver and spleen, and listen to the bowel sounds.
  • The doctor may also explore additional physical symptoms commonly associated with IBD activity

physical examination


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBSclinic.org.au for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Gastroparesisclinic.org for individuals with Gastroparesis


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