Rectal prolapse is an ailment in which the rectum drops downwards and turns inside out. The rectum, which is the lower end of the colon located just above the anus, remains inside the body in the early stage. As the condition worsens, it may protrude out through the anus. The anal muscles are often weak, and this may result in leakage of stool or mucous.
Rectal prolapse may have similar symptoms as haemorroids/piles (e.g. bleeding and/or a lump that protrudes from the anus). However, rectal prolapse concerns a part of the intestines that is higher up within the body, while haemorrhoids develop near the anus. This condition is more common in women than men.