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Rectal Prolapse


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Comment from: chimera, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

The cause of my rectal prolapse was pelvic radiation disease (PRD) after aggressive treatment for anal cancer. Surgeon's error left my anus not able to close all the way, with no muscle control. Combination of constant diarrhea and disintegrating skin; I bleed just wiping myself, proctitis, fissures, extensive stenosis of rectum and vagina, considerable scar tissue, etc., has led to this eventuality. A harsh discovery atop all the already-existing list of difficulties!

Comment from: Anonymous, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

Chronic constipation, and sedentary life style due to primary progressive multiple sclerosis caused my rectal prolapse. When I take laxatives (after 5 days without bowel movement sometimes) I finally go, but then hurt for several days.

Comment from: Tired of This!, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

Episodes of diarrhea and constipation over the years was one of the causes of my rectal prolapse. A 36 plus hour labor, high forceps delivery, episiotomy, 14 1/2 months later tore straight down to anus when delivering. Being a single mother lifting heavy items over past 40 years, especially, 1 year ago I didn't have the money to pay to have my condemned garage demolished, if city did it, it would cost money plus property taxes, and I would lose home, so I dismantled it myself, loaded debris on my truck and unloaded into containers at the dump. That exacerbated my prolapse.

Comment from: Pandora, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

Chronic diarrhea lasting over 2 months due to lack of potassium was the cause of my rectal prolapse. As I am elderly the doctors won't attempt surgery. Nothing offered to help.

Comment from: Irene, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I had 3 previous abdominal operations plus radiotherapy which caused loose bowels most of the time causing my rectal prolapse. Had Delorme's procedure which hasn't worked and now have full thickness rectal prolapse. I have found a wonderful surgeon who is going to cut some bowel away and rejoin it which hopefully will be the answer.

Comment from: Lucy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

My rectal prolapse was caused by having two 10-pound babies.

Comment from: Williams, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 24

I never knew the cause for my rectal prolapse, but found out that my anus was out but would never go inside again.


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