VACTERL association in anorectal malformation: effect on the outcome

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Abstract

Purpose: Anorectal malformations (ARM) can commonly occur in association with other congenital anomalies or as part of the combined anomaly. The present study aims to assess the outcome of patients with ARM and patients with ARM in VACTERL association. Methods: A 12-year retrospective analysis of all patients treated at a single tertiary children’s institution with a diagnosis of ARM. We identified and compared patients with ARM to those with ARM in VACTERL association (3 or more anomalies). Data were collected for both groups to assess type of ARM, urinary incontinence (UI), constipation, soiling, dietary/laxative treatment, bowel management (BM) and surgical complications. Type of lesion and clinical outcomes were classified according to Krickenbeck International classification. Patients lost to follow-up, dead or not yet toilet-trained (or

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-808
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Surgery International
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 5 2015

Keywords

  • Anorectal malformations
  • Bowel management
  • Spinal dysraphism
  • Surgical complications
  • VACTERL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery

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