Imperforate anus is a rare inborn abnormality characterized by the absence or abnormal localization of the anus. The rectum or the colon may be connected to the vagina or the bladder by a tunnel fistula. With surgical correction, normal elimination can become possible. Imperforate anus is an abnormality present at birth, and characterized by the absence of the normal opening of the anus.
Imperforate Anus: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments
An imperforate anus is a birth defect that happens while your baby is still growing in the womb. It occurs more often in boys than girls. The rectum, bladder, and vagina of a female baby with an imperforate anus sometimes share one large opening. This opening is called a cloaca.
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Imperforate anus is a birth defect that affects about one of every 5, newborns, and is somewhat more common among boys than girls. It may occur alone or together with other abnormalities of the rectum the end of intestine that connects with the anus and anus the body's opening to dispel solid waste. There is no known cause for imperforate anus.