Anorectal malformation coexisting with Hirschsprung’s disease: A report of two patients
Anorectal Malformation (ARM) and Hirschsprung’s Disease (HD) are common causes of congenital intestinal obstruction in children. Simultaneous occurrence of both conditions is rare. Few have been reported in Europe and Asia, but we have no knowledge so far of such report from Nigeria. We present two patients managed in our centre to highlight the challenges of management of this uncommon coexistence. The first patient was a 5-year-old girl who was referred to us with intestinal obstructive symptoms despite an apparently adequate sized ectopic anus. She had colostomy and rectal biopsy, which confirmed HD. She had corrective surgery performed through a posterior sagittal approach. She did well post operatively. The second patient was a 3-year-old girl who presented with features of intestinal obstruction, had laparatomy and was also referred to us. It was observed in the referral hospital during laparatomy, to have features of HD and rectal atresia intraoperatively. She had colostomy done and rectal biopsy performed at the same time, which confirmed the diagnosis of HD. She had simultaneous correction of both conditions through a posterior sagittal approach. She was in good condition at follow up. It was therefore recommended that a high index of suspicion of HD, should be entertained while managing patients with anorectal malformation.
Key words: Anorectal malformation, Hirschsprung’s disease, posterior sagittal approach