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How common is it for somebody to get rectal prolapse?
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
9 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Agree. There is now a subspecialty of Gynecology called Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery that has fellowships that help with this kind of problem and the other prolapse issues discussed above.
Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: More common elderly
Can be related to generalized weakness of pelvic muscles, loss of perirectal fat which provides some cushoin at lower aspect of body.
The primary factor that can be controlled to decrease risk is avoid chronic constipaition. As we get older, many common medications can make us constipated. Daily fiber or laxatives is safer than straining ones rectum out.

In brief: More common elderly
Can be related to generalized weakness of pelvic muscles, loss of perirectal fat which provides some cushoin at lower aspect of body.
The primary factor that can be controlled to decrease risk is avoid chronic constipaition. As we get older, many common medications can make us constipated. Daily fiber or laxatives is safer than straining ones rectum out.
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