Rectal prolapse

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Rectal prolapse happens when loose tissue in the rectum slides downward. The loose tissue may partially or completely stick out of the anus.

Rectal prolapse is most common in young children and older adults. Treatment for rectal prolapse depends on the type of prolapse. It may include changes in diet, medicines, or surgery.

Many conditions increase the risk for rectal prolapse. But the exact cause is usually hard to find.

Last Updated: October 1, 2009

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery

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