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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 54-56

Highlighting the role of nonsurgical (conservative) method in the management of complete rectal prolapse in an Indian male

1 Department of General Surgery, Rural Medical College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, MH 413736, India
2 Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050017, China

Date of Submission11-Jul-2013
Date of Acceptance04-Aug-2013
Date of Web Publication11-Jul-2014

Correspondence Address:
Meena H Shaikh
Department of General Surgery, Rural Medical College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, MH 413736
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-7095.136499

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We report a case of a 35-year-old male who presented to our emergency room with debilitating, complete, irreducible, edematous rectal prolapse along with retention of urine. Due to marked edema and inflammation, the reduction was unsuccessful under general anesthesia; hence a conservative approach was considered. With local sugar application for a week, the edema was reduced and via manual digital maneuver, the prolapse was reduced with anal encirclement the day after to maintain the reduction. With our experience, where laproscopic facilities were unavailable, we wish to highlight the role of nonsurgical/conservative conventional methods of management of such severe cases that are associated with edema and present to clinics/institutes where limited surgical facilities are available.

Keywords: Conservative management, manual digital reduction, prolapse, rectum

How to cite this article:
Shaikh MH, Shah B, Sahu S, Sahu A, Kotalwar S, Sharma K. Highlighting the role of nonsurgical (conservative) method in the management of complete rectal prolapse in an Indian male. Int J Stud Res 2013;3:54-6

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Shaikh MH, Shah B, Sahu S, Sahu A, Kotalwar S, Sharma K. Highlighting the role of nonsurgical (conservative) method in the management of complete rectal prolapse in an Indian male. Int J Stud Res [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 Mar 29];3:54-6. Available from: http://www.ijsronline.net/text.asp?2013/3/2/54/136499

  Introduction Top

Rectal prolapse is defined as the protrusion of the rectal wall completely or partially a full-thickness, complete, irreducible rectal prolapse is a debilitating condition that often leads to bleeding, fecal incontinence, obstructed defecation and pelvic floor dysfunction [1],[2],[3] . It not only lowers the quality of life of the patient, but also causes social embarrassment. When identified, laparoscopic surgery should be considered for a safe and definitive treatment [4] . We herein report a case of a 35-year-old male form rural India who presented with retention of urine and complete edematous, inflamed prolapse of the rectum. From our case study, we wish to highlight the role of nonsurgical/conservative conventional methods of management of such severe cases that are associated with edema, especially at places/institutes where limited surgical facilities are available.

  Case Report Top

A 35-year-old male presented to our emergency room (ER) with acute retention of urine since a day. His recent medical history was significant for constipation 8 days earlier to his initial presentation (day 0), which was followed by rectal prolapse a day after (day 1). Due to social stigma and embarrassment, patient successfully reduced the prolapse manually; however, 3 days later (day 4), what followed was a complete, nonreducible prolapse of the rectum [Figure 1] and he additionally developed urinary retention on day 7 (24 h prior to his initial presentation to the ER). His personal and family history was noncontributory with no similar presentations earlier in his life. His medical and surgical history was unremarkable. His dietary habits were healthy with an adequate amount of dietary fibers.
Figure 1 (a) Complete, irreducible and edematous prolapse of the rectum (b) reduction achieved following manual digital method after conservative approach using local sugar application

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Patient was grossly anemic, afebrile with stable vitals. Abdomen was distended and tender. Digital rectal examination revealed complete, painful, edematous, inflamed rectum with complete prolapse [Figure 1]a]. Systemic examination was unremarkable. Hemogram was remarkable for reduced hemoglobin count (5.2 g/dL). Other laboratory investigations, including liver and kidney function tests, serum electrolytes, arterial blood gas analysis, were within normal limits. Chest roentgenogram and two-dimensional echo was unremarkable. Ultrasound of the abdomen was remarkable for distension of the bladder. Urinary catheterization to drain the urine was performed immediately. Subsequently, patient was taken to the emergency operating room. In spite of numerous attempts to reduce the prolapse rectum under general anesthesia, the reduction was unsuccessful. The prolapse part was again carefully examined and having no evidence of gangrene and ulceration, a decision for conservative management was taken. As a result, patient received intravenous crystalloid fluids, antibiotics and antiinflammatory drugs along with four pints of blood. Patient was strictly advised to be without any oral feeds until improvement of his condition/or unless specified by the surgeon and was kept in a head low position. Locally, we applied granulated sugar to the prolapse rectum for 15 min and then attempted to reduce the prolapse again. This treatment was given for 7 days, subsequent to which the inflammation and edema of the rectum reduced. On 8 th day of admission, the rectum was reduced and to avoid recurrence, owing to the laxity of the pelvic floor, anal encirclement (Thiersch) was performed under general anesthesia. Subsequently, anal sphincter and pelvic floor exercises were initiated by the physiotherapist. Patient responded well to treatment with no recurrence during the 1 st year of follow-up [Figure 1]b].

  Discussion Top

Our case demonstrates a severe prolapse of the rectum in a middle-aged man. Our patient refrained to seek medical help immediately due to sheer embarrassment as posed by the condition. Even though, laparoscopic ventral rectopexy has been proven to be safe and effective in the treatment of rectal prolapse [5] , we chose the conservative path following exclusion of any gangrenous changes owing to the marked edema and prolapse of the rectum and lack of laparoscopic facilities at our rural institute. Our case highlights the importance of conventional management as followed by us which helped improve the patient's condition a week after his initial presentation. The application of sugar, as suggested by Myers and Rothenberger [6] reduced the edema, following which manual digital reduction was achieved. To maintain the reduction, anal encirclement (Thiersch) was performed. Moreover, there was no recurrence observed in our patient until 1-year of follow-up, after which we lost the patient for further follow-ups.

Rectal prolapse is known to be more common in the elderly with an estimated male to female ratio of 1:6 [7] . It uncommonly involves the pediatric age group, with equal sex predisposition and especially affects children of <3 years of age [8],[9] . Constipation, bowel dysfunction, fecal incontinence due to continuous stimulation of the recto anal inhibitory reflex by the prolapsing tissue, and rectal ulceration are commonly associated with it [1],[2],[3] . While careful clinical examination of the rectum is pertinent for its diagnosis, a proctoscopy could be used to exclude other pathologies. It is critical to differentiate rectal prolapse from hemorrhoids, intussusception, proctitis, and rectal polyp [10] . The prognosis of rectal prolapse is usually good; however, an untreated prolapse can lead to incarceration and strangulation, rectal bleed, ulceration, and incontinence. While colonoscopy or barium enema may aid to exclude any malignant growth that might be serving as the lead point for prolapse, anal manometry and electromyography help evaluate sphincter function to choose the appropriate corrective procedure [11] .

  Conclusion Top

Medical professionals/surgeons practicing in developed/underdeveloped countries or rural areas, where limited advanced surgical facilities are available, should employ conservative methods for management of similar cases of massive, irreducible out pouching of the rectum in order to relieve the patient from the agony caused by this condition.

  References Top

1.Kim DS, Tsang CB, Wong WD, et. al. Complete rectal prolapse: evolution of management and results. Dis Colon Rectum 1999;42(4):460-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Kariv Y, Delaney CP, Casillas S, et. al. Long-term outcome after laparoscopic and open surgery for rectal prolapse: a case-control study. Surg Endosc 2006;20(1):35-42.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Tou S, Brown SR, Malik AI, Nelson RL. Surgery for complete rectal prolapse in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008;4:CD001758.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Frasson M, Braga M, Vignali A, Zuliani W, Di Carlo V. Benefits of laparoscopic colorectal resection are more pronounced in elderly patients. Dis Colon Rectum 2008;51(3):296-300.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Mäkelä-Kaikkonen J, Rautio T, Klintrup K, et. al. Robotic-assisted and laparoscopic ventral rectopexy in the treatment of rectal prolapse: a matched-pairs study of operative details and complications. Tech Coloproctol 2014;18(2):151-5.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Myers JO, Rothenberger DA. Sugar in the reduction of incarcerated prolapse bowel. Report of two cases. Dis Colon Rectum 1991;34(5):416-8.  Back to cited text no. 6
7.Hotouras A, Murphy J, Boyle DJ, et. al. Assessment of female patients with rectal intussusception and prolapse: is this a progressive spectrum of disease? Dis Colon Rectum 2013;56(6):780-5.  Back to cited text no. 7
8.Qvist N, Rasmussen L, Klaaborg KE, Hansen LP, Pedersen SA. Rectal prolapse in infancy: conservative versus operative treatment. J Pediatr Surg 1986;21(10):887-8.  Back to cited text no. 8
9.Corman ML. Rectal prolapse in children. Dis Colon Rectum 1985;28(7):535-9.  Back to cited text no. 9
10.Konder IJ, Fry RD, Fleshman JW, et. al. Colon, rectum and anus. In: Seymour I, Schwartz G, Shires T, et. al., editors. Principles of Surgery. 7 th ed., Vol. 2, Ch. 26.   McGraw-Hill Companies; 1998. p. 1293.  Back to cited text no. 10
11.Wolff BG, Fleshman JW, Beck DE, et al. The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery. New York, NY: Springer; 2007.p.674  Back to cited text no. 11


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