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Diagnosis of Imperforate Anus

Imperforate anus is typically diagnosed during a physical exam in the hospital completed shortly after your baby is born. From there, the doctor may order one or more of the following tests to confirm imperforate anus:

Treatments for Imperforate Anus

If your child has an imperforate anus, they will need surgery to correct it. Your child may need one surgery or multiple surgeries, depending on their individual situation. If the anus is too small, surgery will involve widening the area. If it is in an unusual location, it will be redirected to the correct area. If the anus is missing completely, a hole will be created. Our surgeons use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible, meaning smaller incisions, less blood and a faster recovery than regular surgery.

Following surgery, your child may need a temporary colostomy bag. This device connects the large intestine to the abdominal wall and collects stool in a bag outside the body. After a few months, they may have another surgery to remove their colostomy so that your child should be able to pass stool normally.

Home remedies

Your child may need to use the following home-based strategies to help manage problems related to imperforate anus.

Early postoperative care:

Early childhood care:


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Contact an Orlando Health doctor

If you suspect that your child may have an imperforate anus, make an appointment with an Orlando Health pediatrician today so your child can start on the road to improved health.