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Can anal atresia be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There is no known way to prevent anal atresia; it is a birth defect without a known cause. However, it is highly treatable.

Anal atresia happens in approximately 1 of every 5,000 births.

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