Rectal Prolapse Directory
Rectal prolapse occurs when part or all of the wall of the rectum slides out of place, sometimes protruding from the anus. It can be partial, total, or contained in the lower bowel. In children, risk factors include cystic fibrosis and straining during bowel movements. In adults, primarily women, it is usually related to another intestinal problem, such as a growth of a polyp or tumor in the wall of the intestines, straining during bowel movements, weakness of pelvic floor muscles, and tissue damage during childbirth or surgery. Symptoms include fecal incontinence, anal itching, irritation and bleeding, and an urgent need to defecate. Treatment may include surgery for complete or partial prolapse. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how rectal prolapse develops, how it is diagnosed, treated, and much more.