What is the step-wise approach to evaluating pediatric rectal prolapse?

Updated: Nov 12, 2018
  • Author: Jaime Shalkow, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Pediatric rectal prolapse should be approached as a symptom of an underlying disease.

Evaluate the child for cystic fibrosis. Evaluate whether or not the child has exhibited signs of constipation or diarrhea. If sweat chloride test results are negative and the bowel regimen has been normal, consider proctosigmoidoscopy to rule out rectal polyps or lesions.


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