CE/CME

Anorectal Evaluations: Diagnosing & Treating Benign Conditions

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Anorectal pain and discomfort can stem from several possible etiologies, most of which are benign. As such, many patients with anorectal complaints who present in the primary care setting can be adequately evaluated, diagnosed, and treated without referral to a colorectal specialist. However, the clinician must be able to differentiate between common benign anorectal symptoms and red flags that should prompt referral.


 

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CE/CME No: CR-1711

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
• Understand basic anorectal anatomy and how to perform a thorough anorectal exam.
• Describe the physical exam findings of common benign anorectal conditions.
• Discuss the different treatment options for benign anorectal conditions.
• Differentiate between common benign anorectal symptoms and red flags that should prompt referral to a colorectal specialist.

FACULTY
Priscilla Marsicovetere is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and of Surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire; Program Director for the Franklin Pierce University PA Program in Lebanon, New Hampshire; and practices with Emergency Services of New England at Springfield Hospital in Vermont. Srinivas Joga Ivatury is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and practices in the Department of Surgery at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The authors have no financial relationships to disclose.

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid through October 31, 2018.

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