Rectal prolapse happens when the rectum (the lower end of the large intestine) cascades from its normal position within the pelvic region. The rectum is the final segment of the large intestine before the anus (the opening via which stool passes out of the body). Rectal prolapse is an uncomfortable condition that necessitates treatment to fix.
What Causes Rectal Prolapse?
Rectal prolapse can transpire because of numerous conditions, including:
- Chronic constipation or chronic diarrhea
- Long-standing history of straining during bowel movements
- Older age
- Weakening of the anal sphincter
- Previous injury to the anal or pelvic areas
- Mutilation to nerves
- Rectal prolapse can be a result of diabetes, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hysterectomy and infections in the intestines instigated by parasites such as pin worms and whip worms and diseases ensuing from poor nutrition or from trouble in digesting foods.
To ratify the presence of a prolapsed rectum, the doctor might ask the individual to sit on the toilet and strain. If the rectum does not bulge, the doctor might administer a phosphate enema to confirm the diagnosis. The key condition to differentiate prolapse of the rectum from is protuberant or prolapsing hemorrhoids. A defecogram (a test that assesses bowel control) might help differentiate between a mucosal prolapse and a complete prolapse of the rectum in a patient.
If you want to get yourself diagnosed and confirm if you have this ailment of not, visit Daya Ayush Therapy Center for effective guidance and treatment.