ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The use of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) for treatment of infertility is increasing rapidly worldwide. However, various health effects have been reported including a higher risk of congenital malformations. Therefore, we assessed the risk of anorectal malformations (ARM) after in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). METHODS: Data of the German Network for Congenital Uro-REctal malformations (CURE-Net) were compared to nationwide data of the German IVF register and the Federal Statistical Office (DESTATIS). Odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) were determined to quantify associations using multivariable logistic regression accounting for potential confounding or interaction by plurality of births. RESULTS: In total, 295 ARM patients born between 1997 and 2011 in Germany, who were recruited through participating pediatric surgeries from all over Germany and the German self-help organisation SoMA, were included. Controls were all German live-births (n = 10,069,986) born between 1997 and 2010. Overall, 30 cases (10%) and 129,982 controls (1%) were born after IVF or ICSI, which translates to an odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of 8.7 (5.9--12.6) between ART and ARM in bivariate analyses. Separate analyses showed a significantly increased risk for ARM after IVF (OR, 10.9; 95% CI, 6.2--19.0; P < 0.0001) as well as after ICSI (OR, 7.5; 95% CI, 4.6--12.2; P < 0.0001). Furthermore, separate analyses of patients with isolated ARM, ARM with associated anomalies and those with a VATER/VACTERL association showed strong associations with ART (ORs 4.9, 11.9 and 7.9, respectively). After stratification for plurality of birth, the corresponding odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) were 7.7 (4.6--12.7) for singletons and 4.9 (2.4--10.1) for multiple births. CONCLUSIONS: There is a strongly increased risk for ARM among children born after ART. Elevations of risk were seen after both IVF and ICSI. Further, separate analyses of patients with isolated ARM, ARM with associated anomalies and those with a VATER/VACTERL association showed increased risks in each group. An increased risk of ARM was also seen among both singletons and multiple births.
Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 09/2012; 7(1):65. · 5.83 Impact Factor
ABSTRACT: To determine the anorectal function in patients with anorectal malformations (ARM) in order to facilitate patient counseling and follow-up.
Data were collected by the German network for urorectal malformations (CURE-Net) according to the International Krickenbeck consensus. Questionnaires on bowel function and a defecation protocol were completed by the families/patients. The clinical findings were assessed from the patients' clinical records.
Two hundred and ninety-seven patients with ARM were assessed, 175 patients gave complete data on continence, 52 of them were excluded due to mental retardation, age, and earlier type of pullthrough. Complete continence was found in 27 %, perineal fistula in 40 %, rectourethral/vesical in 10 %, vestibular in 24 %, cloaca in 0 %. Krickenbeck grade 1 soiling: 42 %, grade 2 and 3: 31 %. Forty-nine percent of the incontinent patients practiced bowel management, reaching continence in 19 %. The statement of constipation (67 %) was validated with the last clinical findings, showing coprostasis in 46 %, "Not suffering constipation" was confirmed in 61 % and falsified in 29 %.
ARM patients in Germany, as assessed by independent researchers, show a high rate of fecal incontinence and insufficiently treated constipation. Parents should be counseled accordingly and motivated to engage in consequent follow-up. Intensified efforts in the conservative treatment of constipation and fecal incontinence are crucial to improvement.
Pediatric Surgery International 07/2012; 28(8):825-30. · 1.25 Impact Factor
ABSTRACT: The aim of the German Network for Congenital Uro-REctal Malformations is to collect data of affected patients with anorectal malformation (ARM) or extrophy-epispadias complex, and to investigate molecular causes, clinical implications, and psychosocial outcome. The current issue was to assess the postoperative sequelae related to lower urinary tract dysfunction in patients with ARM.
Two hundred and sixty-seven patients with ARM (112 females, 155 males, median age 6 years, range 0-56 years) were investigated via standardized case report forms comprising interview, analysis of medical data, and personal questionnaires.
Thirty-two patients (12%, 23 males, 9 females) suffered from neurogenic bladder dysfunction, mainly associated with recto-urethral fistula (11 cases, 34%), and recto-vesical fistula (6 cases, 19%). Sixty-eight patients (26%, 35 males, 57 females) have experienced lifetime urinary tract infection, primarily associated with recto-urethral fistula (21 cases, 31%), and vestibular fistula (13 cases, 19%). According to type of operation, the highest number of postoperative urologic problems was reported after abdominosacroperineal pull-through.
Besides reconstructing the ARM, another main goal is the preservation of lower urinary tract function. In our data, there seems to be a close correlation between operative strategies and postoperative complications.
Pediatric Surgery International 07/2011; 27(10):1085-9. · 1.25 Impact Factor