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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 93
Hidden mortality of imperforate anus

1 Primary Care Unit, KMT Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

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Date of Web Publication20-Mar-2014

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Hidden mortality of imperforate anus. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2014;11:93

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Hidden mortality of imperforate anus. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Dec 6];11:93. Available from:

The article reporting hidden mortality of imperforate anus has many interesting points for further discussion. Beudeker et al. in their study have reported that "the rate of complications was high, probably also related to advance age at presentation. [1]" As Beudeker et al. mentioned, early detection and prompt treatment of this anal disorder is very important. [1] The problem of delayed diagnosis can be seen not only in Malawi, but also other countries. A recent study by Tareen et al. had reported the similar problem from Ireland, a developed Europe country. [2] According to the report by Tareen et al., around 10% of the cases were delayed diagnosed. [2] Tareen et al. noted for the setting of a system for screening of this problem to early detect of any disorder. [2] However, it should be noted that the problem can still be seen at a considerable high rate despite the routine post-partum physical examination. [3]

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1.Beudeker N, Broadis E, Borgstein E, Heij HA. The hidden mortality of imperforate anus. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2013;10:302-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Tareen F, Coyle D, Aworanti OM, Gillick J. Delayed diagnosis of anorectal malformation - A persistent problem. Ir Med J 2013;106:238-40.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Turowski C, Dingemann J, Gillick J. Delayed diagnosis of imperforate anus: An unacceptable morbidity. Pediatr Surg Int 2010;26:1083-6.  Back to cited text no. 3

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Sora Yasri
Primary Care Unit, KMT Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.129257

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