What are the possible complications following surgery to treat pediatric rectal prolapse?

Updated: Nov 12, 2018
  • Author: Jaime Shalkow, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Complications of surgical treatment of rectal prolapse include the following:

  • Postoperative pain

  • Bleeding from the injection site

  • Perirectal abscess formation

  • Potential for damage to bladder neck or presacral nerve plexus

All of these are rare.

For sclerotherapy, some children may have 1 or 2 further episodes of prolapse in the days immediately after the injection before resolution. As many as 12% of patients require a second injection, and as many as 8% need 3 injections. Failure rates approach 15%.

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