A man in China developed a rare condition after playing games on his phone while sitting on the toilet: His rectum slipped out of his anus, according to news reports.
This a rare condition know as rectal relapse.
WHAT IS RECTAL PROLAPSE?
Rectal prolapse is a condition in which the rectum (the last part of the large intestine before it exits the anus) loses its normal attachments inside the body, allowing it to telescope out through the anus, thereby turning it “inside out”. While this may be uncomfortable, it rarely results in an emergent medical problem. However, it can be quite embarrassing and often has a significant negative impact on patients’ quality of life.
A real Condition
The condition affects about 2 out of each 100,000 people, and up to two-thirds of patients with the condition have chronic constipation, ASCRS says. It is a rare condition in general however Rectal prolapse is commonest in women over age 50, but it will occur in younger adults and youngsters(children) as well, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
The exact reason behind the condition is unclear, however certain factors might play a role, including loose muscles of the sphincter (the muscle that controls the discharge of stool), previous injury to the anal or pelvic areas, damage to the nerves within the rectal area; chronic constipation or straining during bowel movements, and infections with internal organ worms, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
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There are two general approaches to surgery for rectal prolapse – abdominal operations (through the belly) and perineal operations (through “the bottom”). Both approaches aim to stop the prolapse from occurring again and usually result in a significant improvement in quality of life.
The choice of surgery type depends on both patient factors and procedural factors. Patient factors include the patient’s age, sex, bowel function, continence, prior operations, and severity of associated medical problems. Procedural factors include extent of prolapse, what effect the procedure might have on bowel function and incontinence, complication rates of the procedure, recurrence rates of the procedure and the individual surgeon’s experience.
The man told his doctors that he had been playing mobile games while trying to have a bowel movement for more than half an hour, according to the Daily Mail. He had experienced rectal prolapse in the past (since he was 4 years old), but on previous occasions, the rectum had retracted to its normal position, according to his doctors.
The man underwent surgery to treat his condition, the Daily Mail reported.