Anorectal Malformations

  • Marc A. Levitt
  • Alberto Peña


Anorectal malformations (imperforate anus) are a class of congenital anomalies that are represented by a wide spectrum of defects, some relatively mild and some quite severe. The most feared sequelae associated with the care of these defects is fecal incontinence. Nevertheless, the majority of patients do well and 75% can achieve a good degree of bowel control, provided they receive expert surgical care and adequate postoperative treatment, especially for constipation.


Common Channel Anorectal Malformation Imperforate Anus Distal Rectum Perineal Fistula 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colorectal Center for ChildrenCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Pediatric SurgeryCincinnatiUSA

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