Rectal prolapse is a condition in which loose tissue near the end of the large intestine (rectum) slides downward. The tissue may partially or completely stick out of (protrude from) the anus.
There are three types of rectal prolapse:
Rectal prolapse is most common in young children and older female adults. Although many conditions increase the risk for rectal prolapse, it is often difficult to find the exact cause.
Treatment of a rectal prolapse depends on the type of prolapse. It may involve changes in diet, medicines such as stool softeners, or surgery.
Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & C. Dale Mercer MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery
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