Eur J Pediatr Surg 2020; 30(05): 401-405
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1716725
Review Article

Surgical Management of Rectal Prolapse in Infants and Children

Payam Saadai
1  Department of Pediatric Surgery, UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, California, United States
2  Department of Pediatric Surgery, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, Sacramento, California, United States
A. Francois Trappey
3  Department of Surgery, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas, United States
Jacob L. Langer
4  Department of Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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The surgical management of children with rectal prolapse is wide ranging and without consensus within the pediatric surgical community. While the majority of rectal prolapse in infants and children resolves spontaneously or with the medical management of constipation, a small but significant subset of patients may require intervention for persistent symptoms. In this review, we discuss the etiology and pathophysiology of rectal prolapse in both infants and children, options for medical management, described interventions and surgical options and their outcomes, and future avenues for research and investigation.

Publication History

Received: 28 July 2020

Accepted: 16 August 2020

Publication Date:
13 September 2020 (online)

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