If there is damage to nerve function in sacral agenesis, problems can include:
- constipation (reduced bowel movement) due to the bowel and the bowel sphincters being affected
- faecal incontinence (where a person is unable to control the removal of faeces from the body) due to the bowel and the bowel sphincters being affected
- urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections due to the bladder and the urinary sphincters being affected
- kidney damage could occur as the bladder may store and empty urine at abnormally high pressure
- there can be varying degrees of paralysis affecting the lower limbs if the nerves coming from the sacrum are abnormal. This can vary from minor problems with gait (the pattern of movement of the limbs) to total paralysis.