Home | About Us | Current Issue | Ahead of print | Archives | Search | Instructions | Subscription | Feedback | Editorial Board | e-Alerts | Login 
Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
     Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Official journal of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons         
 Users Online:763 
  Print this page Email this page   Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size

Table of Contents   
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 119-120

Cat eye syndrome, anorectal malformation, and Hirschsprung's disease

Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jordan, Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan

Date of Web Publication29-Mar-2014

Correspondence Address:
Mohammad M Saleem
Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jordan, Jordan University Hospital, 13546, Amman 11942
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-9261.129613

Rights and Permissions


How to cite this article:
Saleem MM, AlZuobi MN, Shahait AD. Cat eye syndrome, anorectal malformation, and Hirschsprung's disease. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2014;19:119-20

How to cite this URL:
Saleem MM, AlZuobi MN, Shahait AD. Cat eye syndrome, anorectal malformation, and Hirschsprung's disease. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Mar 30];19:119-20. Available from: http://www.jiaps.com/text.asp?2014/19/2/119/129613


The estimated incidence of anorectal malformation (ARM) associated with Hirschsprung's disease (HD) is 2.3%-3.4%, about 1/147,000 live births. [1],[2],[3] Furthermore, occurrence of HD and ARM in a patient with cat eye syndrome (CES) is very rare, with only three cases reported in available English literature. [1],[4],[5]

This female newborn with a normal vaginal delivery, full term, and birth weight was 2.100 kg, with the following abnormalities: imperforate anus (with anovestibular fistula), left ptosis, bilateral iris coloboma, and skin tags in right preauricular area and cheeks. At age of 20 days, a sigmoid colostomy was performed, and later at the age of two months she underwent posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP). Because of health insurance issues, closure of the colostomy was not done until the age of 18 months. During this period, she had problems with passing stools, she was constipated, and required frequent saline enemas (2-3/day), and she thrived poorly. All of the fore mentioned was blamed on the colostomy construction and frequent dilatations were performed. Following closure of colostomy, she experienced multiple episodes of severe constipation requiring hospital admission to manage it. At that time, the presence of HD was suspected, so a contrast study was preformed showing significant dilation of small and large intestine. This was differentiated from stricture at the site of closure of colostomy, a rectal biopsy was planned. Unfortunately, the patient was admitted with severe sepsis associated with intestinal obstruction, toxic megacolon for which an emergency laparotomy was undertaken when an obvious transition zone was seen in the terminal ileum [Figure 1]. Both ileostomy as well as colostomy at the site of previous anastomosis were created, as well as multiple small and large bowel biopsies were taken.
Figure 1: Transitional zone in the terminal ileum

Click here to view

The patient was admitted to the intensive care unit because of hypothermia and hypotension that attributed to septic shock, and she died on the 2 nd day after operation despite maximal resuscitation efforts.

The biopsy showed absence of ganglion cells in all biopsies taken till 15 cm proximal to the ileocecal valve.

ARM is a wide spectrum disease, ranging from simple malformations with good prognosis, to very complicated ones, associated with multiple anomalies of different systems. ARM represents one of the major features of CES, observed in about 83% of cases. [6]

HD tends to be either an isolated entity, or it may occur as part of syndromes in 30% of HD cases. Regarding its occurrence with ARM, Watanatittan et al., [3] reported nine cases of HD associated with ARM, representing 2.8% of 321 HD cases.

In regards to the association between CES, ARM and HD, only three case have been reported in the literature, two cases were associated with long segment HD [1],[5] and the third one associated with short segment HD [4] [Table 1]. This makes our case the fourth one. This association opens the discussion regarding the possible presence of gene at the chromosomal region 22q11.2, responsible for the enteric system development, the same chromosomal region which its abnormalities can cause CES. [4]
Table 1: Comparison between the present case and the previous three cases

Click here to view

This case emphasizes the awareness of suspecting the presence of HD in a patient with managed ARM, who has recurrent episode of constipation and fecal impaction. Moreover, this suspicion should be higher when dealing with ARM as part of CES. Further investigations are required to identify the true role of chromosome 22 regarding this unique association and its relation to the development of the enteric system.

   References Top

1.Mahboubi S, Templeton JM Jr. Association of Hirschsprung's disease and imperforate anus in a patient with "cat-eye" syndrome. A report of one case and review of the literature. Pediatr Radiol 1984;14:441-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Jimenez-Urueta PS, Alvarado-Garcia R, Gallego-Grijalvam JE, Colon aganglionosis in patients with anorectal malformation. Analysis of five cases. Cir Cir 2005;73:283-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Watanatittan S, Suwatanaviroj A, Limprutithum T, Rattanasuwan T. Association of Hirschsprung's disease and anorectal malformation. J Pediatr Surg 1991;26:192-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Sinha CK, Grewal A, Ward HC, Short-segment Hirschsprung's disease, cat eye syndrome, and anorectal malformation: A unique association. J Pediatr Surg 2007;42:1454-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Ward J, Sierra IA, D'Croz E. Cat eye syndrome associated with aganglionosis of the small and large intestine. J Med Genet 1989;26:647-8.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Rosa RF, Mombach R, Zen PR, Graziadio C, Paskulin GA. Clinical characteristics of a sample of patients with cat eye syndrome. Rev Assoc Med Bras 2010;56:462-5.  Back to cited text no. 6


  [Figure 1]

  [Table 1]


Print this article  Email this article


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Article in PDF (234 KB)
    Citation Manager
    Access Statistics
    Reader Comments
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

    Article Figures
    Article Tables

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded87    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal

Contact us | Sitemap | Advertise | What's New | Copyright and Disclaimer 

  2005 - Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow 

Online since 1st May '05