Rectal Atresia - Operative Management with Endoscopy and Transanal Approach: A case report

Pernilla Stenström, Christina Clementson Kockum, Einar Arnbjörnsson

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The aim of this study is to present the technique and outcome of the management of a newborn child with rectal atresia. A girl born with rectal atresia was diagnosed during physical examination and confirmed with X-ray. The anatomic appearance of the external anus, and lower pelvis was normal. The rectal ending was located 2 cm cranial from the anus and the distance between the rectal endings was 2 cm. A colostomy was established. At the age of five months the child was operated on with a rectal anastomosis using the endoscopic and transanal approach. Closure of the colostomy was performed at the age of ten months. The rectal anastomosis was treated with rectal dilatation weekly in order to avoid stricture. The patient was faecally continent at followup one and three months postoperatively. In conclusion, the endoscopic and transanal approach is an alternative to other surgical techniques in the management of rectal atresia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number792402
JournalMinimally Invasive Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Pediatrics


  • Anorectal malformation
  • Rectal atresia
  • Children
  • Congenital malformation


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