Children's Hospital Colorado

Cloaca Repair and Treatment

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Surgical treatment of cloaca

Cloaca is a complex condition that requires multiple surgeries. Knowing your baby needs one surgery is scary, but knowing they need more than one surgery can feel overwhelming. The surgical treatment a child will need depends on the type of cloaca they have and any other health problems they were born with.

Our families discuss their experience with surgery

Tashi's parents share their experience with the surgeries she has had and how their family has managed the journey.



Cloaca repair and treatment options and resources

Cloaca treatment occurs in stages. The treatment a child will need depends on the type of cloaca they have and any other health problems they have.

Colostomy and PSARVUP surgery

During PSARVUP, the surgeon separates the urethra, vagina and rectum so there are three perineal openings at the end of the operation, instead of one. The type of surgery your child needs depends on the length of the common channel.

Read more about this reconstructive surgery

Our multidisciplinary treatment approach

Our multidisciplinary care team is dedicated to helping your child achieve the best outcomes possible to improve their quality of life.

Cloaca repair and treatment timeline

The timeline below is an example of the treatment a child with cloaca may need.


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  • Tests to rule out other health problems
  • Drainage of hydrocolpos (fluid buildup in the vagina)
  • Surgery to create a colostomy
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  • PSARVUP reconstructive surgery
  • Colostomy closure
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Karsang talks about cloaca
"We feel extremely fortunate that we happened to be in Colorado near Children's Hospital."
Karsang, Tashi's father

Additional patient resources

Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.

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