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How Common Is It For Somebody To Get Rectal Prolapse
Uncommon: Full rectal prolapse is uncommon but not rare. More common in women, especially with prgenancy or birth issues. Related to lack of pelvic support; can be seen in patients with certain parasitic infections (whipworm), patients in chronic psychiatric hospitals. May be related to pelvic organ prolapse (uterine prolapse), rectocele, cystocele, solitary rectal ulcer. Treatable, may need surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the most common symptoms of rectal prolapse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?
What it says...: Most common is "mass protruding through the anus" and most are not painful at all; typically protrudes with defication/straining and retracts when done (mild cases). More severe case may need physical "pushing back in". It may progress and get really severe and pushing back no longer adequate, which then will require surgical reduction/pin-up surgery. Consult your doc..Colorectal doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stool softeners: Stool softeners and laxatives.Get a more detailed answer ›
How common is rectal prolapse? Can it be caused by diarrhea? Can it come and go? Can it be related to obesity?
Rectal prolapse: Rectal prolapse is not common. According to uptodate literature reviews, the incidence is 0.25 to 0.42% in the adult population, and prevalence is estimated at 1% in adults over age 65. I agree with dr. Jacobson that chronic diarrhea is a risk factor. Other risk factors include female gender, multiparity with vaginal delivery, prior pelvic surgery, chronc constipation & straining, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Rectal prolapse occurs when a portion of rectum essentially turns inside out and protrudes through the anus. It is assocated with excessive straining and worsens constipation. It can improve with stool softeners and fiber but often requries surgical correction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: Pelvic prolapse, and, specifically, rectal prolapse, can be caused by: pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, menopause, chronic cough (asthma), to name a few. The only effective and long-term treatment is surgery, but this is almost always out-patient, with a fairly quick recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examination: Rectal prolapse can be internal and not visible or external and visible. If external, it is usually obvious. You can see and feel a round lump of tissue the size of a base ball that you can push back in at the anus. Internal is seen on dynamic MRI or video defecography. Surgery is almost always indicated, but see you colorectal surgeon to discuss option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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