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. If a newborn does not have an anus, there is no outlet to release stool after birth.
An anorectal malformation is a birth defect that causes the anus not to develop properly. It occurs in one in every 4, babies. Some children are born with an anal opening that is too small, some have an anal opening that is in the wrong place and some have no anal opening at all. This can happen if the end of the intestine does not separate properly from your child's urinary system in boys or their vagina in girls while they are still in the womb. A child who is born with an anorectal malformation might also have problems in other areas of their body. Your doctor will do tests to check for these problems soon after your child is diagnosed.
An imperforate anus defect prevents most or all stool from passing out of the rectum. How this surgery is performed depends on the type of imperforate anus. The surgery is done under general anesthesia. This means the infant is asleep and feels no pain during the procedure.
Going to a Cleveland Clinic location? In some cases of very minor, early prolapse, treatment can begin at home with the use of stool softeners. However, surgery will be necessary to repair the prolapse. Appointments Rectal prolapse occurs when the rectum the last section of the large intestine falls from its normal position within the pelvic area and sticks out through the anus.