Persistent Cloaca

Also known as: cloaca, cloacal anomalies, cloacal malformation, cloacal abnormalities.

What is persistent cloaca?

While the fetus is growing in the womb, the openings for the anus, vagina and urethra actually start out bundled together in a formation known as the cloaca. When these fail to separate from one another as the fetus develops, this is known as persistent cloaca and can cause complications.

What causes persistent cloaca?

Persistent cloaca is very rare and occurs only in girls. Researchers aren't sure what causes it.

What are the symptoms of persistent cloaca?

The deformities that are part of persistent cloaca cause problems ridding the body of waste, which in turn leads to urinary tract infections. Other deformities in the spine, heart or other parts of the body often accompany the disorder.

What are persistent cloaca care options?

Persistent cloaca can sometimes be repaired through surgery. It may require several surgical procedures to repair the deformity.


Reviewed by: John M. Peters, DO

This page was last updated on: 9/4/2018 3:22:40 PM

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