Persistent cloaca: are we ready for a correct prenatal diagnosis?

A. Zaccara, C. Gatti, M. Silveri, M. Rivosecchi, E. Bilancioni, V. Spina, C. Giorlandino, M. De Gennaro, P. Bagolan

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Cloacal malformations are rare and can present in variable aspects. The importance of ultrasound in detecting these anomalies is well known. Sonographic features vary in accordance with the type of malformation and the gestational age. A positive diagnosis is not possible because of the lack of specific ultrasound findings, which can show similar aspects to other abnormalities. We present 3 cases of prenatal diagnosis of this malformation, emphasizing that in the presence of a plurilobed cystic pelvic fetal mass with associated malformations, such as cardiac, renal, and vertebral anomalies, a persistent cloaca can reasonably be suspected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367
Number of pages1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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