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How does anal atresia affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Anal atresia causes the lack of or improper development of the anus. This prevents an infant from having a normal bowel movement. In addition, the baby may have a swollen stomach since waste cannot leave the body.

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