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Anorectal malformations are types of colorectal conditions that comprise a wide spectrum of diseases, which can affect boys and girls, and involve the distal anus and rectum as well as the urinary and genital tracts. Defects occur during the fifth to seventh weeks of fetal development. With these defects, the anus (the opening at the end of the large intestine through which stool passes) and the rectum (the area of the large intestine just above the anus) do not develop properly. Approximately one in 4,000 children is born with an anorectal malformation. There is a very large spectrum of defects and treatments associated with anorectal malformations. Defects may range from the very minor and easily treated (with an excellent functional prognosis), to those that are complex, with varying diagnoses and treatments that depend on the gender of the child.
The next Pediatric Colorectal Problems Workshop is scheduled for November 7-9, 2012. Learn more and register for the event.
Marc Levitt, MD, Associate Director of the Colorectal Center, explains anorectal malformations.
World-renowned colorectal surgeon, Alberto Peña, MD, presents the history and future of anorectal malformations. Watch the video.
For more information or to request an appointment for the Colorectal Center, please contact us.
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