Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome: A systematic review

Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 May;97(18):e0565. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000010565.


Background: Solitary rectal ulcer (SRUS) may mislead the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or rectal polyps, which may reduce the actual prevalence of it. Various treatments for SRUS have been described that can be referred to therapeutic strategies such as biofeedback, enema of corticosteroid, topical therapy, and rectal mucosectomy. Nevertheless, biofeedback should be considered as the first stage of treatment, while surgical procedures have been offered for those who do not respond to conservative management and biofeedback or those who have total rectal prolapse and rectal full-thickness.

Methods: A systematic and comprehensive search will be performed using MEDLINE, PubMed, Scopus, EMBASE, AMED, the Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar.

Results: The results of this systematic review will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Conclusion: To our knowledge, our study discusses the factors involved in the pathogenesis, clinical symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients. This review can provide recommended strategies in a comprehensive and targeted vision for patients suffering from this syndrome.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Biofeedback, Psychology / methods
  • Conservative Treatment / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rectal Diseases / therapy*
  • Rectum / pathology*
  • Ulcer / therapy*