Understanding anal atresia and its symptoms

Anal atresia is a congenital defect in which the anus is absent or is in the wrong place. Experts believe this medical condition develops in utero during critical periods of pregnancy, usually from the fifth to seventh weeks. Infants with anal atresia need immediate treatment, as it can cause very serious complications.

Signs of anal atresia are oftentimes evident and appear shortly after birth, some of which include:

  • No anal opening, or opening in the wrong location
  • No stool passage within one to two days
  • Stool passes in the wrong place (vagina, base of penis, etc.)
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Vomiting of fecal material one to two days after birth

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