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Testing rectal muscle tone 

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medical illustration of The examining index finger is lubricated with suitable water-soluble gel and presses against the posterior anal margin (6 o'clock according to convention). The finger should slip easily into the anal canal, and the finger tip is directed posteriorly following the sacral curve. The anal tone can be checked by asking patients to squeeze the finger with their anal muscles.
Next medical illustration of Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, providing inadequate support for the uterus. The uterus then slips down into or protrudes out of the vagina.

Normal and Prolapsed Uterus

The examining index finger is lubricated with suitable water-soluble gel and presses against the posterior anal margin (6 o'clock according to convention). The finger should slip easily into the anal canal, and the finger tip is directed posteriorly following the sacral curve. The anal tone can be checked by asking patients to squeeze the finger with their anal muscles.

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