A cloacal malformation is a birth defect that occurs when the rectum, vagina and urethra fuse into a single channel. A cloacal malformation is diagnosed at birth, although the full extent of the malformation is typically determined with a complete medical examination and advanced imaging.
Repairing a cloacal malformation requires expert surgical care by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons. Special focus is given to separating the rectum, vagina and urethra while still maintaining urinary control, bowel functioning,,and preserving sexual and reproductive capacity.
North Shore-LIJ pediatric gynecologists work together with a team of pediatric surgeons who specialize in anorectal malformations and pediatric pelvic reconstructive surgery to diagnose and surgically repair cloacal malformations. For more information on cloacal malformations or to schedule a consultation, please contact the Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York at 516-390-9258. For an emergency call 911 or to the the Cohen Children's Medical Center Emergency Room..