Rectal prolapse is a medical condition in which the rectum starts to push through the anus. The rectum is that last part of your large intestine, and the anus is the opening through which stool exits your body. Rectal prolapse affects about 2. Women over 50 are six times more likely than men to have this condition.
Rectal prolapse causes a lump to stick out of your back passage anus and this can become quite painful. Although the lump can pop in and out at first, later on it can stay out all the time, especially when you stand up. This can cause problems with daily activities that involve walking or standing for any length of time. Prolapse of the bladder or womb uterus doesn't cause rectal prolapse but is sometimes associated with it.
Rectal discharge refers to any substance, aside from feces, that comes out of your rectum. Your rectum is last part of your digestive system before your anus, which is the opening at the end the system. It usually presents as mucus or pus that you may notice in your underwear or on your stool.
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