Rectal prolapse in adults mostly occurs in women age 60 and older. Things that can increase the risk of rectal
Structural malformation or damage from childbirth or injury. Some people develop rectal prolapse as a result of a
condition they have had since birth, such as an abnormal structure of pelvic
muscles. Also, childbirth or a back injury can damage structures, organs, or
nerves in the pelvic area. This can make proper function of the intestines more
Surgery. Surgery on the
anus or rectum can affect rectal function. Also,
surgery on a woman's reproductive organs, such as removal of the uterus
(hysterectomy), makes it more likely that the other organs, such as the bladder
or large intestine (colon), will move out of position. Surgery on the back or
spinal cord can damage the nerves that are involved with the proper function of
Aging. Over time, the muscles in the
anal sphincter and elsewhere in the pelvis can weaken
and fail to give enough support to the rectum.
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April 15, 2013
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