Rectal Concerns

Given a patient presenting with a rectal concern:

  • Perform a patient-centered interview and focused physical exam, list and interpret clinical findings
  • Propose a relevant differential diagnosis that includes common causes of rectal symptoms and less common but important causes of rectal symptoms
  • Describe appropriate initial investigations for specific rectal issues
  • Propose a management plan including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities for the patient with a rectal concern

Core Resources

Evaluation and Management of Common Anorectal Conditions (AFP 2012)

Fargo MV, Latimer KM. Evaluation and management of common anorectal conditions. Am Fam Physician. 2012;85(6):624-630. doi: d10123 [pii].