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What increases my risk for anal atresia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Anal atresia is a birth defect that affects the proper development of the anus.  Having other birth defects and being male increases the risk of developing anal atresia.  Individuals born with Down syndrome or those with neural tube defects, are also more likely to also be born with anal atresia.  Anal atresia occurs in about 1 out of 5,000 births.

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