Rectal Prolapse

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.

Who gets it?

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.

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Author:
Dr Laurence Knott
Peer Reviewer:
Dr Helen Huins
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29410 (v1)
Last Checked:
02 June 2017
Next Review:
27 June 2020

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