Ardavan Khoshnood, Ulf Ekelund
Läkartidningen, (3-4):89-90
Publication year: 2014

A digital rectal examination (DRE) is standard practice in cases of acute abdomen in adult patients. We analyzed the evidence for this
by a systematic literature search, and identified 16 relevant original studies. These studies showed that there is no evidence for a diagnostic
value of DRE in adult patients with acute abdomen. We should stop doing routine DRE in adult cases of acute abdomen.