What is the long-term outlook for a baby born with a cloacal malformation?

The results can be quite good. However, patients who had more serious problems will have varying results.

Most babies are eventually able to have normal bowel movements afterward. Urinary incontinence is a more frequent problem. Some will need to use a catheter to empty the bladder regularly.

Many patients are able to have a normal sex life when they reach adulthood. They should also be able to have children, although may need to have Cesarean sections instead of vaginal births.

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