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Rectal Prolapse (cont.)

Rectal Prolapse Causes

Rectal prolapse is caused by weakening of the ligaments and muscles that hold the rectum in place. In most people with a prolapsed rectum, the anal sphincter muscle is weak. The exact cause of this weakening is unknown; however, rectal prolapse is usually associated with the following conditions:

Long-term hemorrhoidal disease is frequently associated with mucosal prolapse thatdoes not progress to complete rectal prolapse.

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Rectal prolapse was described as early as 1500 BC.

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