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What is a prolapsed rectum? Most common reasons why it occurs? Is it reversible? Typical treatment?
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
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Prolapsed rectum, or procidentia, is when the rectum turns inside out, like a sleeve, and protrudes through the anal opening.
Common causes: constipation, pelvic floor dysfunction. Not "reversible" in adults; may be in kids. Treated with surgery if symptoms warrant or complications occur. Four questions, four answers!

In brief: Lots of questions!
Prolapsed rectum, or procidentia, is when the rectum turns inside out, like a sleeve, and protrudes through the anal opening.
Common causes: constipation, pelvic floor dysfunction. Not "reversible" in adults; may be in kids. Treated with surgery if symptoms warrant or complications occur. Four questions, four answers!
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Bottom falls out
Prolapsed rectum is not hemorrhoids.
It is falling of the rectum varying amounts up to, and including, falling completely outside the anus. It is due to lack of pelvic support internally; can be seen with certain parasites (whipworm), chronic psych meds, chronic constipation, birth trauma. Other. Usually needs surgery to "tack it in place". Generally, excellent response to rx.

In brief: Bottom falls out
Prolapsed rectum is not hemorrhoids.
It is falling of the rectum varying amounts up to, and including, falling completely outside the anus. It is due to lack of pelvic support internally; can be seen with certain parasites (whipworm), chronic psych meds, chronic constipation, birth trauma. Other. Usually needs surgery to "tack it in place". Generally, excellent response to rx.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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