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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Examen pélvico

Pelvic examination (PEL-vik eg-ZA-mih-NAY-shun)
A physical examination in which the health care professional will feel for lumps or changes in the shape of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and rectum. The health care professional will also use a speculum to open the vagina to look at the cervix and take samples for a Pap test. Also called internal examination.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.