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To review the outcome after restorative proctocolectomy among children and adolescents with ulcerative colitis at a pediatric inflammatory bowel disease center.The records of all patients with ulcerative colitis undergoing colectomy and ileoanal anastomosis at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, were reviewed. Questionnaires concerning functional results were sent to patients with restored transanal defecation.Seventy three patients (mean age, 13.2 years; range, 2.6-18.8 years) underwent ileoanal anastomosis (19 straight ileoanal anastomosis, 41 J pouch, 13 S pouch) between January 1980 and June 1995 and were observed 5.8 ± 3.3 years. The ileoanal anastomosis is nonfunctional in 19 (26%) patients. Excision rates according to type of restorative procedure were J pouch, 7% (3 of 41); S pouch, 32% (4 of 13); and straight ileoanal anastomosis, 32% (6 of 19). Failure was usually attributable to intractable diarrhea among patients with straight ileoanal anastomosis but was caused by anastomotic leak or pelvic-perianal sepsis among patients with pouch procedures. Failure rates did not vary with age at ileoanal anastomosis. Among patients retaining ileoanal continuity, continence problems reported in the questionnaire were frequent and tended to be more extreme among younger patients. Overall, 90% of respondents reported satisfaction with the functional outcome of the restorative operation.The success rate of the ileoanal anastomosis/J-pouch procedure is comparable to that in adult series. The ileoanal anastomosis/J-pouch procedure is the operation of choice for children and adolescents who want ileoanal continuity restored after colectomy for ulcerative colitis.