A 2,700-g male infant was delivered by cesarean section due to breech presentation. His Apgar score was 10. Initial examination showed an imperforate anus and a right clubhand with an absent thumb. The umbilical cord contained only two vessels. The angle of the mouth pulled to the left during crying. On the fourth day after delivery, a 3/6 systolic murmur was heard along the lower left sternal border, compatible with a ventricular septal defect. Typical roentgenograms of the vertebral column and of the right upper limb are shown in Figs 1 and 2, respectively. Contrast medium was injected transperineally through the anal dimple (Fig 3).
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The VATER Association
The VATER association is an acronym describing the concurrence of specific congenital anomalies that occur in a greater-than-random frequency without hereditary factors.1
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