Man loses rectum after long stay in toilet

Henrietta Strickland
February 10, 2018

The Daily Mail reports that the unnamed patient went to the hospital around midnight on February 4 after he noticed that a mysterious ball-sized mass had fallen out of his anus but was still attached to his rear.

They also said the condition, called rectal prolapse, could be caused by the fact that the man had sat on the toilet for more than 30 minutes. It added that the man had spent too long playing on his mobile phone while on the toilet.

Reports from China state that doctors diagnosed the man with rectal prolapse, a condition where the rectum - the last part of the large intestine - detaches from inside the body, allowing it to protrude out through the anus, thereby turning it "inside out".

The man - who was not identified in local reports - was treated at Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University's emergency room in Zhongshan, Guangdong on Sunday, Kan Kan News reported.

The man reportedly suffered from rectal prolapse as a child and never got it treated, which made the condition worse, said the doctor treating him.

Images of a CT scan of the man's rear showed a big lump hanging outside his body. The lump had a diameter of 16 centimetres (6.3 inches).

The doctor said there were bruises and blood spots along the patient's intestinal wall.

Rectum prolapse is usually caused by multiple factors, among which the most common are rectal muscle weakening, long-term constipation or diarrhea, chiastic fibrosis, convulsive cough, multiple sclerosis, and paralysis.

Dr Su said to a reporter from Kan Kan News that the man's situation was severe.

Surgeons successfully removed the lump from the man on the same day, and the man is now recovering.

Dr Su said when the patient was trying to defecate, the action could have weaken his muscles in the pelvis.

Dr. Lv cautioned that anyone experiencing a similar situation should seek immediate medical attention.

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