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When you are born, can you have a imperforate anus repair?

When you are born, can you have a imperforate anus repair?

You can and you will: Anal atresia (imperforate anus) is rare and associated with several syndromes. Once detected conclusively during the first neonatal examination, it is a surgical urgency and repair has to be done within hours of life (either definitive or preliminary, depending on the nature of the defect). ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Imperforate Anus (Definition)

An imperforate anus or anorectal malformations are birth defects in which the rectum is malformed. Anorectal malformations are a spectrum of different congenital anomalies in males and females, that varies from fairly minor lesions to complex anomalies. Even cause is unknown, a genetic basis is associated in ...Read more


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Can you tell me of a charity for imperforate anus?

Can you tell me of a charity for imperforate anus?

Charity: I'm not sure if you are looking for one to donate to or if you are looking for help for someone you know with the condition. I am not aware of a specific organization that just deals with imperforate anus. However, if you contact the Pediatric Surgery department of your local Children's Hospital, they likely have charitable foundations set up that deal with kids with this defect. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Imperforate anus?

What is the definition or description of: Imperforate anus?

Imperforate anus: An imperforate anus or anorectal malformations are birth defects in which the rectum is malformed. Anorectal malformations are a spectrum of different congenital anomalies in males and females, that varies from fairly minor lesions to complex anomalies. Even cause is unknown, a genetic basis is associated in about 10% of patients. ...Read more

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What to do if I have imperforate anus and theres things I want to do in my life?

A colostomy remains: There are various degrees of imperforate anus. If a septum alone is present it can be perforated and bowel will function. Various forms of proctoplasty have been employed to leave a functional anus but if colostomy was required at birth, there is no way to repair the problem since pulling bowel thru area with no sphincter, leaves incontinence. People function with colostomies and irrigate stoma ...Read more

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Can you be born with an imperforate anus?

Can you be born with an imperforate anus?

Yes: During fetal development the internal structure of the large intestine grows toward the point where the anus should be & the external skin meets it.If the two both attach & make the opening a normal anus is formed. If the inside doesn't make it all the way down, or the opening doesn't form it is imperforate. There are variations in degree and the amount of work needed to fix it. ...Read more

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What is the best surgery for imperforate anus?

Depends: It depends on the level of the defect. If the defect is "low" or close to the perineal skin, an anoplasty can be done shortly after birth. If the defect is high, then a staged operation is needed. Initially the child will need a colostomy (temporary). Second stage is creation of anus. Third stage is closure of colostomy after the anoplasty heals. ...Read more

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Is the surgery for an imperforate anus permanent?

Is the surgery for an imperforate anus permanent?

Define perminent!: The complexity of the surgery for anal defects varies with the defect. If it is a short pull thru and the sphincter muscles can be preserved a favorable outcome with a single procedure may be possible. A complex repair with take down of a fistula and complications may need modifiations over time.Some kids may never have control as they grow older.Each case has unique issues. ...Read more

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Is having an imperforate anus a birth hereditary?

Not usually: Imperforate anus is usually sporadic. It can occurr in conjuction with several syndromes such as the vacteral association but again is primarily sporadic. Additional research may provide additional information in the future. ...Read more

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How often are surgeries for imperforate anus successful?

How often are surgeries for imperforate anus successful?

Almost always: As far as creating an outlet for passage of stool, operations for imperforate anus are almost always successful. However, depending upon the status of sphincter muscle present (poor with high and good with lower anomalies), the functional results may not be perfect. Children with lower anomalies tend towards constipation, while those with higher anomailes & poor muscle tend towards incontinence. ...Read more

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Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more