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Protrusion of the rectum through the anus.
Symptoms of Rectal Prolapse
The following features are indicative of Rectal Prolapse:
leaking of stool
It is possible that Rectal Prolapse shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.
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Common Causes of Rectal Prolapse
The following are the most common causes of Rectal Prolapse:
defect in the pelvic floor
loose muscles of the anal sphincter
abnormally long colon
intestinal worm infections
Risk Factors for Rectal Prolapse
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Rectal Prolapse:
chronic psychiatric disease
previous pelvic surgery
Prevention of Rectal Prolapse
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Rectal Prolapse. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
by use of correct posture
drink plenty of fluids
eat high-fibre foods
use stool softeners
Occurrence of Rectal Prolapse
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Rectal Prolapse cases seen each year worldwide:
Not common between 50K - 500K cases
Common Age Group
Rectal Prolapse can occur at any age.
Rectal Prolapse can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Rectal Prolapse
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Rectal Prolapse:
Colonoscopy: To screen the early signs of colon and rectum abnormalities
Hemoglobin test: To examine bleeding of the rectum
Complications of Rectal Prolapse if untreated
Yes, Rectal Prolapse causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Rectal Prolapse is left untreated:
loss of bowel control
Procedures for Treatment of Rectal Prolapse
The following procedures are used to treat Rectal Prolapse:
Surgery: To repair the weakened anal sphincter and pelvic muscles
Self-care for Rectal Prolapse
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Rectal Prolapse:
Treat and prevent constipation: Drink plenty of fluids and eat high-fibre foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole-grain cereals
Use correct posture: Stopping straining during bowel movements by use of correct posture
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This page was last updated on 10/11/2019.
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