Professional Reference articles are designed for health professionals to use. You may find the Rectal Prolapse article more useful, or one of our other health articles. Rectal prolapse is the protrusion of either the rectal mucosa or the entire wall of the rectum. Partial prolapse involves only the mucosa and usually only protrudes by a few centimetres. Complete prolapse involves all layers of the rectal wall.
Rectal Prolapse. Symptoms of rectal prolapse and treatment. | Patient
A prolapse can affect many organs of the body. It specifically affects those organs that are next to a hollow cavity and open to the outside of the body. A prolapse simply means that one organs slips into and protrudes through another. It mainly affects the female reproductive tract and rectum of the large intestine. A bowel prolapse large intestine is more correctly known as a rectal prolapse. It is more likely to occur in older people and 8 out of 10 people with a rectal prolapse are women.
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The perianal skin tends to itch, which can result from numerous causes see Table: Some Causes of Pruritus Ani. This condition is also known as pruritus ani. Occasionally, the irritation is misinterpreted by the patient as pain, so other causes of perianal pain eg, abscess or cancer should be ruled out. Too little cleansing leaves irritating stool and sweat residue on the anal skin. Too much cleansing, often with sanitary wipes and strong soaps, can be drying or irritating or occasionally cause a contact hypersensitivity reaction.