How will my physician diagnose cloacal exstrophy in my child?
In some instances, cloacal exstrophy can be diagnosed before birth with a prenatal ultrasound and may be confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). After birth, this diagnosis may be confirmed or determined by physical examination.
Other diagnostic tests and procedures can include:
- computerized tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan)
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- endoscopy— insertion of a small instrument called an endoscope to view the interior of a hollow organ, such as the rectum, urethra or vagina
- abdominal ultrasound (also called sonography)— an imaging method used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow