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Home > Be Healthy > Health Library > Rectal Prolapse
Rectal prolapse happens when loose tissue in the rectum slides downward. The loose tissue may partially or completely stick out of the anus.
Rectal prolapse is most common in young children and older female adults. Treatment for rectal prolapse depends on the type of prolapse. It may include changes in diet, medicines, or surgery.
Many conditions increase the risk for rectal prolapse. But the exact cause is usually hard to find.
Current as ofMarch 27, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineC. Dale Mercer, MD - General Surgery
Current as of:
March 27, 2018
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & C. Dale Mercer, MD - General Surgery
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