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How do boys and girls respond differently to anal atresia treatment?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Most infants, regardless of sex, respond well to surgery to correct anal atresia. Boys tend to do extremely well when the abnormality is in a low location. Girls sometimes struggle when they have a cloaca, which is a problem with the formation of both the anal muscles and the vagina.

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