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Prolapsed Rectum Overview

Another name for Prolapsed Rectum is Rectal Prolapse.

What is rectal prolapse?
A person with rectal prolapse has weakness of the tissues that support the rectum. This causes the walls of the rectum to fall from the normal position and protrude through the anus. The cause for the weakness is unknown.

What are the symptoms of rectal prolapse?
The most common symptom of rectal prolapse is tissue protruding from the anus. The tissue is not painful or tender. Additional symptoms include constipation, stool incontinence, anal discharge, and mild anal bleeding. Symptoms of rectal prolapse are worse after a bowel movement.

How does the doctor treat rectal prolapse?
Treatment for rectal prolapse may include directions on how to push the prolapsed tissue back into the rectum, stool softeners, a high fiber diet, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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