Podcast #177: Rectal Prolapse

imageRun Time:  3 minutes

Author: Jared Scott M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • 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/

References: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2026460-overview

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