Currarino’s triad

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Definition

Currarino's triad is characterized as a complex malformation that typically consist of anorectal and sacral defects as well as the formation presacral mass. Imaging would often show some sacral bony malformations and may be associated to some urological abnormalities of the neurogenic bladder or vesicouretereric reflux.

Diagnosis

Currarino's triad is usually diagnosed with the manifestation of three main abnormalities: an anterior sacral defect, an anorectal malformation, and a presacral mass. Plain radiography can also help detect some incidental findings of possible sacral anomaly.

Treatment

There are no existing treatments available to cure Currarino's triad. Surgeries may also be performed for infant patients. Early diagnosis is highly important in the treatment of this medical condition. Genetic counseling is strongly advised for patients as well as for the whole family, since they are in essence carriers of the defective gene to be educated on the implications and care for this disease.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms include intestinal obstruction, intestinal constipation, recurrent meningitis, anorectal stenosis, atresia and ectopia along with progressive neurological manifestations. Prescaral cysts, tetranoma, lipoma and meningocele are also observed.

Causes

Currarino's triad is determined as a hereditary condition characterized as an autosomal recessive disorder, which basically means both parents are known carriers of the defective genes.

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