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Rectal prolapse is a condition in which loose tissue near the end
of the large intestine (rectum) slides downward. The tissue may partially or
completely stick out of (protrude from) the anus.
There are three types of rectal prolapse:
Rectal prolapse is most common in young children and older adults.
Although many conditions increase the risk of developing rectal prolapse, it is
often difficult to find the exact cause.
Treatment of a rectal prolapse depends on the type of prolapse. It
may involve changes in diet, medicines such as stool softeners, or
July 6, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery
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