Rectal Prolapse

Authored by Dr Laurence Knott, 02 Jun 2017

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Reviewed by:
Dr Helen Huins, 02 Jun 2017

Rectal prolapse causes a lump to stick out of your back passage (anus) and this can become quite painful. Although the lump can pop in and out at first, later on it can stay out all the time, especially when you stand up. This can cause problems with daily activities that involve walking or standing for any length of time.

The number of people who have rectal prolapse isn't known. After all, it's not something you suddenly drop into the conversation. Ladies of a certain age seem to be most affected, probably because their pelvic plumbing is more likely to take a bashing from childbirth and in connection with gynae problems. However, kids aren't immune to the condition either, with it occurring in children mostly between the ages of 1 and 3 years.

Further reading and references

  • Murphy PB, Wanis K, Schlachta CM, et al; Systematic review on recent advances in the surgical management of rectal prolapse. Minerva Chir. 2017 Feb72(1):71-80. doi: 10.23736/S0026-4733.16.07205-9. Epub 2016 Oct 6.

  • Shin EJ; Surgical treatment of rectal prolapse. J Korean Soc Coloproctol. 2011 Feb27(1):5-12. doi: 10.3393/jksc.2011.27.1.5. Epub 2011 Feb 28.

  • Yang SJ, Yoon SG, Lim KY, et al; Laparoscopic Vaginal Suspension and Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse. Ann Coloproctol. 2017 Apr33(2):64-69. doi: 10.3393/ac.2017.33.2.64. Epub 2017 Apr 28.

  • Sarmast MH, Askarpour S, Peyvasteh M, et al; Rectal prolapse in children: a study of 71 cases. Prz Gastroenterol. 201510(2):105-7. doi: 10.5114/pg.2015.49003. Epub 2015 Feb 10.

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