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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is rectal prolapse?

The rectum is the last part of the large intestine, and rectal prolapse occurs when it protrudes beyond the anus. It presents as a painless lump in the anus, frequently after straining when passing motion. People with weakened pelvic or anal muscles are at risk.

Symptoms of rectal prolapse

  • Hemorrhoids (piles) or a lump at the anus

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rectal prolapse

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose rectal prolapse

  • Do you have hemorrhoids (piles) or a lump at the anus?

Treatment for rectal prolapse

In mild cases, the protrusion can simply be pushed back. Surgery is often needed to repair this condition permanently.

Diseases related to Rectal prolapse


  • Bordeianou L, Hicks CW, Kaiser AM, Alavi K, Sudan R, Wise PE. Rectal prolapse: an overview of clinical features, diagnosis, and patient-specific management strategies. J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 May;18(5):1059-69. doi: 10.1007/s11605-013-2427-7. Epub 2013 Dec 19. PMID: 24352613.

  • Gachabayov M, Bendl R, Flusberg M, Grimes CL, Altomare DF, Ozuner G, Longo A, Bergamaschi R. Rectal prolapse and pelvic descent. Curr Probl Surg. 2021 Sep;58(9):100952. doi: 10.1016/j.cpsurg.2020.100952. Epub 2020 Dec 29. PMID: 34489052.

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