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How common is it for somebody to get rectal prolapse?

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 more

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Dr. Scott Beard
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Rectal Prolapse (Definition)

Rectal prolapse is a condition where part of the rectum falls down and protrudes ...Read more


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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 more

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Can you get a rectal prolapse from straining really hard once?

No: If this were the case there would be a lot of people with rectal prolapse. I.E. Most of the population. ...Read more

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How does a man get an anal or rectal prolapse? Not gay

How does a man get an anal or rectal prolapse? Not gay

Straining, genes: Avoid sitting on toilet for prolongedc interval. Avoid constipation. Avoid lifting from a deep squat as this opens up the pelvis more and exhale as you lift. ...Read more

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How common is rectal prolapse? Can it be caused by diarrhea? Can it come and go? Can it be related to obesity?

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 more

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What is rectal prolapse?

What is rectal prolapse?

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 more

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What is a rectal prolapse???

Rectum falls out: The entire rectum loosens and protrudes through the anus. I looks like a cauliflower hanging out of your anus. This requires surgical repair by a general or colorectal surgeon ...Read more

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How do you fix rectal prolapse?

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 more

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How is rectal prolapse diagnosed?

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 more

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