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  1. Prevalence of Anorectal malformations

    Robert Brian Lowry, Albert Congenital Anomalies Surveillance system

    23 October 2007

    The authors quote a prevalence of 1/5000 live births.This figure is an old one which has been quoted in surgical texts for many years and is likely a hospital based estimate rather than a total population estimate.There are three population studies,two in Canada and a very large one in Europe which have demonstrated rates in the region of twice that quoted ie 1/2200 to 1/2500.

    Refs;Am J Med Genet 1986;(Suppl 2): 151-161

    ibid 2001;103:207-215

    ibid 2002;110:122-130

    J Ped Surg 2007;42:1417-1421

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