A prolapse literally means to fall out of place, and is indicative of an organ of the human anatomy that has done so or slipped out of its position.
Prolapse can be of various different organs, such as the uterus, rectum, bladder etc.
Prolapse is a condition that is far more common among women, and vaginal deliveries are thought to be a major risk factor, men also suffer from prolapse. Among all the people that do suffer from prolapse, only about 10 to 20 % are men.
Men could suffer from rectal prolapse as well, which most commonly is a full thickness protrusion of the rectal wall through the anus. In addition, there is mucosal prolapse, and internal prolapse.
The most common symptom of a prolapse is the projection of a reddish mass from the anal sphincter.
Prolapse among men is not very common, however it is thought that real number of sufferers are not known owing to the fact that this condition is underreported; many sufferers preferring not to seek medical help or attention.
This is a condition that most commonly afflicts older men, and may be caused by a number of different reasons such as constipation and straining, trauma, worms (whipworms or pinworms), infection, malabsorption conditions, malnutrition etc.