This is a brief presentation of the most common types of anorectal malformations. It has been written for the practicing pediatrician. It is meant to be a practical guide to identify and manage these pediatric problems from birth until adult life. It emphasizes the importance of suspecting the associated defects as well as to try to avoid the most common errors observed in the management of these malformations. It also includes information that will allow the clinician to establish the functional prognosis for each specific types of defect.
The management of the sequelae is considered an important part of this chapter.
KeywordsAnorectal malformation Imperforate anus Cloaca
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