This is a condition in which the rectum protrudes from the anal canal so that it can be felt or seen as a lump outside the anus. This is most likely to be noticed after bowel movements but sometimes happens when standing or walking. The prolapse can usually be pushed back into place but very occasionally it is not able to be pushed back and immediate medical attention is needed. Rectal prolapse is more common in women than men and it is often associated with other bowel symptoms such as constipation, straining and difficulty emptying the rectum.
Common symptoms include mucous discharge, bright rectal bleeding and difficulty controlling gas and bowel movements (faecal incontinence). Surgical treatment is usually required to treat rectal prolapse.