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Hirschsprung's disease

Hirschsprung's disease: Introduction

Hirschsprung's disease: Hirschsprung's (HURSH-sprungz) disease, or HD, is a disease of the large intestine.

The large intestine is also sometimes called the colon. The ... more about Hirschsprung's disease.

Hirschsprung's disease: A rare condition where abnormalities in the bowel muscles prevent it from contracting normally and pushing the fecal matter through which results in obstruction and dilation of the bowel. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Hirschsprung's disease is available below.

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Treatments for Hirschsprung's disease

  • Pull-through surgery - there are a few types of this surgery:
    • Swenson procedure
    • Soave procedure
    • Duhamel procedure
  • Ostomy
  • more treatments...»

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Article Excerpts about Hirschsprung's disease

Hirschsprung's (HURSH-sprungz) disease, or HD, is a disease of the large intestine.

The large intestine is also sometimes called the colon. The word bowel can refer to the large and small intestines. HD usually occurs in children. It causes constipation, which means that bowel movements are difficult. Some children with HD can't have bowel movements at all. The stool creates a blockage in the intestine. (Source: excerpt from What I need to know about Hirschsprung's disease: NIDDK)

Definitions of Hirschsprung's disease:

Congenital MEGACOLON resulting from the absence of ganglion cells (aganglionosis) in a distal segment of the LARGE INTESTINE. The aganglionic segment is permanently contracted thus causing dilatation proximal to it. In most cases, the aganglionic segment is within the RECTUM and SIGMOID COLON. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Congenital condition in which the colon does not have the normal network of nerves; there is little urge to defecate so the feces accumulate and cause megacolon - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Hirschsprung's disease is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Hirschsprung's disease, or a subtype of Hirschsprung's disease, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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