What is rectal prolapse?
Rectal prolapse is also known as partial prolapse or mucosal prolapse.
The rectum is the lower portion of the large intestine that meets up with the anus. When the rectum slips through the anus and it is exposed, this is known as rectal prolapse.
What causes rectal prolapse?
A number of factors can cause rectal prolapse. These include chronic constipation or diarrhea, old age, straining during bowel movement, nerve damage, weakened muscles and other diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
What are the symptoms of rectal prolapse?
A bulging sensation, pain, bleeding, incontinence and a worsening prolapse are all potential symptoms.
What are rectal prolapse care options?
In many cases, rectal prolapse can be treated by:
- Avoiding straining while stooling
- Avoiding prolonged sitting on the toilet
- Avoiding constipation through the use of laxative and stool softening medications
- Pushing the rectum back into place by hand
After evaluation, there are situations where surgery to repair the rectal prolapse will be necessary.