Recto-bladder Neck Fistula

  • Alberto Peña
  • Andrea Bischoff


This malformation is the highest of all defects seen in male patients. Fortunately, it is not as common as the two previous defects. Recto-bladder neck fistula cases happen to have the highest frequency of associated defects, mainly urologic. This is the only malformation that requires not only a posterior sagittal approach but also a laparotomy or laparoscopy in order to separate the rectum from the bladder neck. Therefore, this malformation represents the ideal indication for a laparoscopic procedure. Important technical details of this procedure when done in an open fashion or laparoscopically are presented, in order to pull down a very highly located rectum, preserving its blood supply. This is all illustrated with artistic renditions, animations, and photographic material.


Bladder Neck Vesicoureteral Reflux Anorectal Malformation Distal Rectum Urinary Control 
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Supplementary material

Animation 11.1

Spectrum of anorectal malformation. The higher the location of the fistula, the more limited pelvic space (WMV 10016 kb)

Animation 11.2

Distal colostogram in a case of recto-bladder neck fistula (WMV 11617 kb)

Animation 11.3

Surgical repair of recto-bladder neck fistula (WMV 22080 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Peña
    • 1
  • Andrea Bischoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Pediatric SurgeryColorectal Center for Children Cincinnati Children’s HospitalCincinnatiUSA

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