What is it?

Rectal prolapse is when the last part of the colon slips down into the anal canal, and sometimes outside of the body. It is more common in women and in young children who suffer from cystic fibrosis or chronic diarrhea. It may be caused due to aging, pregnancies and childbirth, injury or surgery, chronic constipation or diarrhea, intestinal parasite infections, coughing, sneezing, spinal cord or nerve damage and cystic fibrosis.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include pressure or bulging in the anus, fullness even after defecation, red fleshy mass hanging out the anus, leakage of mucus, poop or blood from the anus, anal pain or itching.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests and manometry.


In adults, rectal prolapse does not go away on its own. Treatment may include rectopexy in an abdominal approach or surgery in a rectal approach.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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