A Man’s Rectum Slipped Out of His Anus. Could It Happen to You?

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Well, this one’s a doozy for news.

A man in China was playing games on his phone, as most people are wont to do while on the toilet, when, after some 30 minutes, his rectum fell out of his anus, the Daily Mail reports.

Hope you’re not eating lunch: He felt a “ball-sized lump” slip out, but it was still attached to his body.

He immediately went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rectal prolapse. It’s a pretty rare condition in which the last part of the large intestine (the rectum) detaches and effectively turns itself inside out, dropping from the pelvis (but not extending out of the anus), pushing through the anus, or entirely falling out of the anus, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

If you’re clenching as you read, the statistics on rectal prolapse should ease your constipated concerns.

Overall, about five cases occur among 200,000 people, according to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. It’s most common in older adults who’ve suffered from chronic constipation or those with weak pelvic floor muscles, as well as post-menopausal women over the age of 50.

Naturally, if you experience anything remotely similar, seek immediate medical attention. Make sure to get your annual physical checkup, too—it’s an essential rule for good health.