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Are there ways to prevent symptoms of an imperforate anus?

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Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Unfortunately no: This is a birth defect that needs repair shortly after diagnosis.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
No: Imperforate anus is a congenital defect that occurs prior to birth and occurs sporadically without forwarning. Usually diagnosed at birth, treatment includes colostomy, anal reconstruction, and colostomy closure in a staged fashion. Hence prevention is nigh impossible at this time.
Dr. Charles Vinocur
Pediatric Surgery 48 years experience
Dr. Reyna is correct. There is no way to know about it prior to birth, nor prevent it. However, the key is care afterwards by a team who focuses on such problems. Most child require very close followup throughout life. Many children with IA also have other othings wrong and so need a thorough evaluation after birth
Mar 15, 2013
Dr. Charles Vinocur
Pediatric Surgery 48 years experience
No: Unfortunately, there is not a way to prevent it. However, it can be corrected after birth and in many cases, the outcome is excellent. However, they may have additional issues that occur developmentally around the same time. We look for them whenever a child is born with ia.

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