Rectal prolapse is a medical ailment in which the rectum begins to push via the anus. The rectum is that last portion of your large intestine and the anus is the opening via which stool exits the body. Rectal prolapse affects around 2.5 people out of 100,000. Females above 50 years of age are six times more likely than males to have this condition. Rectal prolapse can be mild or severe. Mild circumstances can often be treated without operation.
Prolapsed rectum looks like a mass or lump of skin that is protruding from the anus.
- The symptoms of rectal prolapse tend to show up slowly. The first symptom you will notice is the feeling that there is a protuberance at your anus. It might seem as though you are sitting on a ball.
- With a mirror, you might be able to see a reddish-colored protuberance peeping through or actually outspreading out of your anus. Occasionally during a bowel movement, a trivial portion of the rectum will materialize, but might retreat on its own or be effortlessly strapped back into place.
- Normal physical activity such as walking, sitting and working out, might also cause part of the rectum to force through your anus. Initially, it can be resumed to its appropriate location by hand.
If rectal prolapse deteriorates, there could be bleeding from the internal lining of the rectum. In cases of partial or complete prolapse, you might have trouble controlling liquid or solid bowel movement and gas from your rectum.