What Is Persistent Cloaca? 

Persistent cloaca is a defect in which the rectum, vagina and urinary tract are connected into a single common channel.  This channel opens into a single opening typically located at the normal site of the urethra (where urine exits the body).  It occurs in approximately 1 in 20,000 births. 

It is important that your child’s doctor determines the specific type of cloaca before recommending surgery for your child. Your child will have some testing to look at her anatomy and also to see if there are any other malformations. Urologic malformations are common in persistent cloaca and often need immediate attention and close follow-up.