Testing & Diagnosis for Cloacal Exstrophy in Children

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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

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