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How is anal atresia diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Typically, anal atresia is diagnosed at birth during a baby's initial physical exam. If the issue is not noted during the initial physical exam, medical staff should notice that a newborn has not had a bowel movement within the typical timeframe of 1 or 2 days. Further testing, such as an x-ray, will assist in identifying the underlying problem, which is misconnection or lack of development of the anus.

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