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A rectal prolapse happens when part or all of the wall of the rectum slides out of place and sticks out of the anus. It may be a partial prolapse, where only part of the lining of the rectum slides out of place. Or it may be a complete prolapse, where the entire wall of the rectum slides out of place.
Many things increase your chance of having a rectal prolapse. These include:
Your doctor may diagnose a rectal prolapse by asking questions about your symptoms and doing a rectal exam. Home treatment often helps the problem, but you may need surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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