Rectal Prolapse Risk Factors

What are the risk factors that lead to this condition? Are you at risk of getting Rectal Prolapse? Below you'll find information on each of the known risk factors for this condition.

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Rectal Prolapse Risks


These factors increase your chance of rectal prolapse. Talk to your doctor if you or your child has any of these risk factors:

  • Age: more common in children aged 1-3 years and in older adults (especially women after menopause)
  • For children:
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Previous anal surgery
    • Malnutrition
    • Straining during bowel movements
    • Infections
  • For adults:
    • Straining during bowel movements
    • Pregnancy and the stress of childbirth
    • Weakness of pelvic floor muscles due to aging
    • Hemorrhoids


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