Colorectal Care

Advanced pediatric care for children with colorectal and motility disorders

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Colorectal Care

The Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC) at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is a California Children’s Services (CCS) designated Special Care Center (SCC). As the only CCS Special Care Center for pediatric colorectal care in California, families throughout the state and country travel to Sacramento for comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary approach brings specialists together to evaluate, diagnose and solve colorectal health issues, from bowel management and motility problems to complex conditions such as Hirschsprung disease and anorectal disorders. The PCC offers long-term care for patients with congenital and idiopathic conditions with the goal of helping them to enjoy life with the fewest limitations possible.

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Bowel Management Program

Our Bowel Management Program is a one-week outpatient program for children who are unable to anticipate or control their bowel activity. After children participate in this intensive program, many of them are in normal underwear by the end of the week! By maintaining bowel management after the program ends, these patients can avoid bowel accidents, bed-wetting  permanent colostomy and dependence on diapers. The improvement in self-esteem and quality of life is often remarkable. This program is designed primarily for children age three-years-old and up.

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Fecal Incontinence

The goal of our Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC)  is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children

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Cloacal Malformations

The goal of Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC) is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children.

A cloaca is a malformation in females where the rectum, vagina, and urinary tract are fused together, creating a single common channel. In normal anatomy, these openings are separate. Cloacas affect one of every 20,000 to 25,000 newborn girls. They are most often diagnosed just after the baby is born, but occasionally there are clues on the prenatal ultra sound.

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Anorectal Malformations

Imperforate Anus

The goal of our Pediatric Colorectal Center is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children.

Anorectal Malformations

Shriners Hospitals for Children—Northern California treats children each year with a wide range of malformations. We see patients from newborns, who need urgent surgery, to young adults who need long-term follow-up. Our team has extensive experience and can provide all aspects of your child’s care in one place. We also provide second opinions.

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Idiopathic Constipation

Idiopathic Constipation

In our Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC), children with chronic idiopathic constipation receive comprehensive care from a team of physicians that includes gastrointestinal specialists, urologists and colorectal surgeons, as well as nurses, dietitians and others.