(Imperforate Anus; Anorectal Malfunction)
- Anal opening is too narrow or in the wrong place
- Membrane covers the anal opening
- Intestines are not connected to the anus
- An abnormal connection between the intestines and urinary systems, allowing stool to pass through the urinary system
- No anal opening present at birth
- Anal opening in the wrong location
- No stool within 24-48 hours after birth
- Stool being excreted through the vagina, penis, scrotum, or urethra
- Tight, swollen stomach
- Abdominal x-ray
- Surgery to connect the anus and intestine
- Anoplasty to move the anus to the correct location
- Colostomy to attach a part of the intestine to an opening in the wall of the abdomen to allow waste to pass into a bag outside of the body
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- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/29/2014 -
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