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Rectal Exam under Anesthesia (EUA) with Possible Cystoscopy, Vaginoscopy or 3D Cloacagram

What is a Rectal Exam under Anesthesia (EUA) with Cystoscopy, Vaginoscopy or 3D Cloacagram?

  • A rectal exam under anesthesia (EUA) is performed by your child’s surgeon in the operating room. This is done while your child is asleep. This allows a more complete exam of the rectum.
  • A cystoscopy allows the surgeon to look into the urethra and bladder with a small camera. This helps them see if there are any concerns that need treatment.
  • A vaginoscopy (done only in girls) allows the surgeon to look into the vagina with a small camera. This helps them see if there are any concerns that need treatment.
  • A 3D cloacagram is done only in girls with the condition called cloaca. It allows the surgeon and radiologist to take detailed pictures of your child’s vagina, bladder and intestine.

The pediatric colorectal surgeon, urologist and gynecologist (for girl patients) will review the results as a team. They will decide on the best plan of care for your child. This plan will be reviewed with you at your child’s next office visit.

Before the Exam

The nurse will call you 48 hours prior to the surgery. They will discuss:

  • Rules about eating and drinking
  • When you need to arrive at the hospital

Talk with the doctor if your child takes any medicine. Do not give your child any medicine on the morning of surgery unless your child’s doctor tells you to.

On the day of surgery, the care team will make sure your child is ready for the exam.

After the Exam

  • Your child will not be admitted to the hospital after the exam unless they have other procedures that require them to stay at the hospital.
  • Your child will go to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) until they are awake and ready to go home with you.
  • Your child should not have any discomfort after the procedure.
  • The surgeon will discuss the results of the exam with you.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your child’s doctor if:

  • Your child has a fever (100.4°F or higher) within 48 hours of the exam
  • Your child has any blood in the stool after the procedure

Call the Colorectal Center if you notice any of these issues or if you have any questions or concerns, 513-636-3240.

Last Updated 11/2021

Reviewed By Allie Patton, RN
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