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Rectal Prolapse

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(Mucosal Prolapse; Partial Prolapse; Complete Prolapse; Internal Prolapse)


Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of rectal prolapse. Talk to your doctor if you or your child has any of these risk factors:


If you have any of these, do not assume they are due to rectal prolapse. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:
  • Fecal incontinence (inability to control bowel movements)
  • Bleeding or mucous from the anus
  • Constipation
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel movements
  • Loss of urge to defecate
  • Anal pain or itching
  • Tissue that sticks out of the anus
  • Pain during bowel movements


To help reduce your chance of rectal prolapse, take the following steps:
  • Eat a healthy diet that is high in fiber .
  • Exercise regularly.
  • To train your bowels, create a routine. For example, try to go to the bathroom after lunch each day.
  • Do not rush when moving your bowels.
  • If you feel the urge to defecate, go to the bathroom.


American Gastroenterological Association

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons



Canadian Society of Intestinal Research

Health Canada



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