Protrusion outside the anus of the lining of the rectum, often brought on by straining whilst attempting to poo. This condition frequently causes discomfort, rectal bleeding, and mucus discharge.
Rectal prolapse is often temporary in small children, but is often permanent on elderly people due to weakening of the tissues that support the perineum (the area between the external genital and anus). In cases in which the prolapse is big, leakage of faeces can arise.
Treatment is with a high fibre diet. Surgery can also be carried out, particularly on elderly people.