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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-91

Anal transposition (trans-sphincteric ano-rectoplasty) for recto-vestibular fistula

Department of Surgery, King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Jeddah 21589, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Jamal S Kamal
Department of Surgery, King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, PO Box 80215, Jeddah 21589
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-0521.100959

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Background: Imperforate anus with recto-vestibular fistula is the most common form of imperforate anus in females and is an intermediate type of this disease, which is treated surgically. The current study aimed to compare three techniques used for the treatment of imperforate anus with recto-vestibular fistula. Materials and Methods: Fifty-four cases of imperforate anus with recto-vestibular fistula were managed using three main approaches: posterior sagittal ano-rectoplasty, anterior sagittal ano-rectoplasty, and the anal transposition or trans-sphincteric ano-rectoplasty (TSARP). The functional results and cosmetic appearance for each case after treatment were evaluated in patients above 3 years of age (43 cases). Results: The functional outcomes were good in all treatment groups; however, the better cosmetic results were evident in the group treated using TSARP, a technique, which preserves the skin bridge between the new anus and the posterior fourchette, does not disturb the perineal body, and avoids division of the levator muscles. In this group, a continence rate of 100% but a higher constipation rate (41%) than in the other groups was recorded. Conclusion: TSARP is recommended for imperforate anus with recto-vestibular fistula.

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