Search: rectum


The last 15–20 cm of the large bowel, which stores faeces until a bowel movement occurs….

endorectal ultrasound (ERUS)

In this scan, a probe that generates soundwaves is inserted into the rectum. A picture of the rectum is built up from the echoes of the soundwaves.


A test using a cystoscope to examine the vagina, cervix, bladder and rectum. It is performed under a general anaesthetic.


A procedure in which a doctor inserts a sigmoidoscope into the anus to examine the rectum and lower colon….

sigmoid colon

The section of the colon below the descending colon and above the rectum and anus….


The surgical removal of the entire colon and rectum….

pelvic floor exercises

Exercises to strengthen the muscles controlling the bladder and rectum….

large bowel

Part of the lower gastrointestinal tract. The large bowel stores waste until it leaves the body as faeces. Its four main sections are the caecum, colon, rectum and anus. Also called the large intestine.

gastrointestinal (GI) tract

The passage from the mouth to the anus that allows a person to digest food and eliminate waste. The lower GI tract includes the colon, rectum and anus.

digital rectal examination (DRE)

An examination in which a doctor puts a gloved finger into the anus to feel for abnormalities in the anus, rectum or prostate gland.