What Is Rectal Prolapse?

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Definition

Rectal prolapse occurs when the tissue that lines the rectum falls down into or sticks through the anal opening.


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Rectal prolapse occurs most often in children under age 6 and in the elderly. It is often associated with the following conditions:

  • Constipation
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Malnutrition and malabsorption (celiac disease is an example)
  • Pinworms (enterobiasis)
  • Prior injury to the anus or pelvic area
  • Whipworm...
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