Run Time: 3 minutes
Author: Jared Scott M.D.
- The true incidence of rectal prolapse is unknown because patients, understandably, under report.
- Rectal prolapse is most common in patients between 40-70s, but children generally under the age of 3 can have rectal prolapse as well.
- Women older than 50 are 6 times more likely to have rectal prolapse, but 35% of those patients have never had children. In males there is usually an underlying bowel dysfunction.
- Applying sugar to prolapsed rectum acts as a desiccant and takes out some of the tissue edema, which reduces the size of the prolapse and helps reduce the rectum.
- Theoretically any desiccant can be used, but most case reports suggest sugar. Desiccants can also be used to reduce colostomies and ileostomies.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/rectal-prolapse/