In some cases the 3 tracts come together at a low point. A newborn with this defect has no visible anus (the opening where feces leave the body). Everything else looks normal. There is often a wide common channel that drains freely. Urinary obstruction is not a problem.
In other cases the 3 tracts come together at a high point. For these newborns, the common channel is long, so draining waste is more difficult. Urinary tract infections are common.
- The clitoris may look like a penis (gender confusion)
- There may be more than one vagina and cervix
- The vagina can be obstructed leading to an abdominal swelling
- The anus may be malformed
- There may be other problems with the ureters and kidneys
- The spinal cord can be abnormal
- The heart can have structural defects
- Limbs can be deformed