Rectal Atresia an uncommon entity: Experience of three cases


  • Raashid Hamid Sheri- Kashmir Institute of Medical science, Srinagar, J&K, India
  • Shoib Ahmad Sheri- Kashmir Institute of Medical science, Srinagar, J&K, India
  • Nisar Bhat Sheri- Kashmir Institute of Medical science, Srinagar, J&K, India



Rectal Atresia, Anorectal Malformation, Neonate


Background: Rectal atresia (RA) is a unique and rare congenital malformation contributing to about 1% of anorectal malformations. It may be associated with an abnormal sacrum and a presacral mass. The sphincter mechanism in these cases is well developed. Different surgical procedures have been described for correction of this anomaly, with variable outcomes.

Case Presentation: We present three cases of rectal atresia with their management. All the patients presented in early neonatal life with failure to pass meconium. All the patients underwent colostomy in neonatal life as initial management. Definitive surgery was performed later in all patients. All the patients are doing fine on follow-up with good continence.

Conclusion: The Posterior Sagittal Approach with the division of septum/tissue between the rectum and anal canal and end-end anastomosis gives excellent results.


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Hamid R, Ahmad S, Bhat N. Rectal Atresia an uncommon entity: Experience of three cases. J Neonatal Surg [Internet]. 2022Oct.1 [cited 2023Dec.6];11:28. Available from:

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