Rectovaginal fistula with atresia ani in three kittens

Cornell Vet. 1992 Apr;82(2):141-53.


Rectovaginal fistula with atresia ani was diagnosed in 3 kittens. Physical abnormalities included abdominal distension, bulging of the perineum, and lack of an anal opening. Vaginography was helpful in determining the type of malformation present in 2 cases. In each kitten attempts were made to surgically correct the anatomic malformations. Various post-operative complications such as fecal incontinence, would dehiscence, constipation, and excessive scar tissue formation occurred and are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anal Canal / abnormalities*
  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / congenital*
  • Cat Diseases / surgery
  • Cats
  • Female
  • Radiography
  • Rectovaginal Fistula / congenital
  • Rectovaginal Fistula / surgery
  • Rectovaginal Fistula / veterinary*
  • Vagina / diagnostic imaging