Internal rectal prolapse (intussusception)

What is an internal prolapse?
An internal rectal prolapse describes the condition where the lowest part of the bowel (rectum) telescopes on itself. This generally happens when an individual is straining to pass stools.

What causes an internal prolapse?
Internal prolapse probably occurs in most cases as a result of weakness in the tissues supporting the rectum. The tearing leads to a weakness in the tissues and with time a bulge develops. Internal prolapse may also develop in patients who have to strain excessively to open their bowels.
Internal prolapse in women may be associated with other pelvic floor weaknesses which include rectoceles and enteroceles.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
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