Rectal prolapse can be distressing for the patient. It is basically a problem of plumbing, and appropriate inspection can usually diagnose it.
Rectal prolapse is a relatively uncommon but quite disabling condition. In children, the incidence is similar for boys and girls. However, it is much more common in females than males in adult life. It is generally associated with straining at stool over a long period of time. The symptoms depend on the degree of prolapse.