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Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Conditions

Understanding your child's condition is an important step on your treatment journey. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and diagnosis for a variety of pediatric colorectal conditions, as well as unique treatments and research being performed at Children's National Hospital.

Anorectal Malformations

Our colorectal surgeons diagnose and treat anorectal malformations, a congenital defect that occurs when a baby's anal opening, rectum and associated nerves do not properly develop. Learn more about how our surgeons diagnose and treat anorectal malformations.

Cloacal Malformations

A cloacal malformation is a type of anorectal malformation that occurs when the rectum, vagina and urinary tract form a single channel called a cloaca, rather than three separate openings. Learn more about this condition.

graphic of  Hirschsprung disease in the large intestines of a baby

Hirschsprung Disease

Babies with Hirschsprung disease are missing nerve cells in all or part of the large intestine, resulting in difficulty in moving stool. Learn more about this condition.