pelvic exam

Pronunciation: (PEL-vik eg-ZAM)

A physical exam of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and rectum. First, the area outside the vagina is checked for signs of disease. A speculum is then inserted into the vagina to widen it so the vagina and cervix can be checked for signs of disease. Cell samples may be taken for a Pap test, or to test for sexually transmitted diseases or other infections. The doctor or nurse then inserts one or two lubricated, gloved fingers of one hand into the vagina and presses on the lower abdomen with the other hand to feel for lumps and check the size, shape, and position of the uterus and ovaries. The rectum may also be checked for lumps or abnormal areas. Also called internal exam.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Pelvic exam. A doctor or nurse inserts one or two lubricated, gloved fingers of one hand into the vagina and presses on the lower abdomen with the other hand. This is done to feel the size, shape, and position of the uterus and ovaries. The vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes, and rectum are also checked.Pap test. A speculum is inserted into the vagina to widen it. Then, a brush is inserted into the vagina to collect cells from the cervix. The cells are checked under a microscope for signs of disease. Examen pélvico. El médico o enfermero introduce uno o dos dedos lubricados, enguantados en la vagina, mientras presiona la parte inferior del abdomen con la otra mano. Esto se realiza para palpar el tamaño, la forma y la posición del útero y los ovarios. También se revisa la vagina, el cuello uterino, las trompas de Falopio y el recto.Prueba de Pap. Se introduce un espéculo en la vagina para ensancharla. Luego, se introduce un cepillo en la vagina para obtener células del cuello uterino. Las células se observan al microscopio para determinar si hay signos de enfermedad.2003-07-26 Date last modified: 2012-11-01