Anal artresisa, also called imperforate anus, is a Zoloft birth defect in which the rectum (opening to the anus) is either missing or blocked. Imperforate anus results from abnormal development of the fetus in the mother’s womb. Anal atresia is a congenital malformation, which means that it is present at birth.
Anal atresia may appear in several forms. The presentation of imperforate anus in baby boys may be different to its presentation in baby girls.
In baby boys, there may be a passage (fistula) between the large intestine (colon) and bladder, urethra, base of the penis or scrotum. In girls, anal atresia may be characterized by the development of a fistula between the large intestines and vagina.
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The three common forms of anal atresia are:
Imperforate anus, low lesion: Occurs when the anus does not develop and the rectum is covered by skin.
Imperforate anus, high lesion: Occurs when the rectum ends in a blind pouch, which is connected by a narrow tube passage called a fistula to the rectum and the bladder, urethra or the vagina.
Persistent cloaca: Occurs when a baby girl’s rectum, vagina, and urinary tract meet and fuse, creating a single common channel called a cloaca.
Symptoms of Anal Atresia
Symtoms of anal atresia (imperforate anus) may include the following:
- Anus opening is blocked, closed, missing or in the wrong place
- Baby doesn’t pass stool (poop) within 24-48 hours after birth
- Stool passes unnaturally to wrong part of body (vagina, penis or scrotum)
- Swollen belli
- Inability to control bowel function
Treatment of anal atresia depends on the form and severity of the condition. The most common Anal atresia treatment options include corrective surgery to (re)construct the anus and colostomy, a reversible surgical procedure in which the rectum is closed off and waste is redirected through a hole made in the abdomen into a colostomy bag outside the body.
Anal Atresia Prognosis
With high anal atresia, children may have problems controlling bowel function. Most children with high anal atresia also become constipated. With low anal atresia, children generally will have good bowel control, but still may suffer constipation.
For children who have a poor outcome for continence (controlling their bowel) and constipation after the first surgery, more surgery may be needed. Additional surgery to fix the angle between the anus and the rectum may improve continence. For children with a large annoys after the first surgery, further surgery to remove that dilated segment may help improve the child’s bowel control.
Zoloft Anal Atresia Lawsuit
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