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Is hirschsprung's disease hereditary?

Is hirschsprung's disease hereditary?

Some familial cases: Disease can be familial or develop spontaneously. It is more common in boys than girlls.Approximately 3-5 % of male siblings and 1 percent of female siblings of children with short-segment disease also have the disease.Risk substantially higher (12.4-33%) in siblings of children with total colonic involvement.Eight genomes have been associated with Hirschsprung’s disease.Most cases not familial. ...Read more

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What exactly is hirschsprung's disease?

What exactly is hirschsprung's disease?

Lack of nerve cells: Aganglionsis or hd is the result of failure of the bowel to relax. Peristalsis or progression of contractions of the intestine are halted wherever the rectum/colon fails to relax to allow contents to move forward. As a result, child cannot evacuate stool/gas and becomes distended, can become very sick. This can be corrected. In 75%, the bad bowel is in the rectum or just above. ...Read more

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Is hirschsprung's disease inheritiable?

Constipation: Hirschsprung's disease is a congenital disease. You are born with it. It causes constipation and /or obstruction due to non functioning of intestinal nerves. It is treatable, but may require surgery to diagnose and treat. In some cases it is heriditary but usually it is sporadic. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have hirschsprung's disease?

How to tell if I have hirschsprung's disease?

Clinical sxs: Hirschsprung’s disease (congenital megacolon) is caused by failed migration of colonic ganglion cells in utero. Varying lengths of the distal colon are unable to relax, causing functional colonic obstruction.Can vary from very short segment to entire large bowel. Obstruction noted usually in infancy, Sometimes recognition is later due to intractable constipation. ...Read more

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How dangerous is hirschsprung's disease when a child has it?

How dangerous is hirschsprung's disease when a child has it?

Very: Hirschsprung’s disease is the lack of nerves to the lower portion of bowel. Without these nerves the bowel cannot contract for normal bowel movements. The backup of stool can lead to infection and/or rupture of the intestines. ...Read more

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Hirschsprung's disease. Can you start getting it as an adult?

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Hirschsprung's disease. Can you start getting it as an adult?

No: You can't get this as an adult. A patient has this since birth but the area involved maybe so small that the patient may have gone by without having too many problems . This is called short or ultra short segment hirshsprungs disease. ...Read more

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My lady friend has hirschsprung’s disease. She was too embarassed to tell me any more. Can you explain it to me please?

My lady friend has hirschsprung’s disease. She was too embarassed to tell me any more. Can you explain it to me please?

Variable defect: Emptying the large intestines relies on nerves that pass a wave of sequential tightening thru circular muscles in the tubular wall and push stool forward. Hd is the name applied when these nerve cells are absent, any point from the outlet backward. Rx after recognition relies on removal of the defective section & pulling the normal down to the outlet.The type of surgery & eventual function varies. ...Read more

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Whats hirschsprung disease?

Constipation: Hirschsprung's disease is one that occurs in utero. It is the failure of the large intestine to populate with the right nerve cells. The intestine has two systems. One causes contraction and one causes relaxation. This is the basis for perstalsis or the movement that propels material through our intestine. Hirschsprung's disease lacks the relaxing nerves thus colon is contracting and obstructing. ...Read more

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What is hirschsprung disease?

Bowel problem: Hirschsprung is a disease of the intestine which is missing the nerves required to allow relaxation of the bowel so the stool can pass. It is disease the occurs in utero and is usualy diagnosed in the newborn or young child and can be corrected by a surgeon who specializes in pediatric surgery. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hirschsprung disease?

What are the tests for hirschsprung disease?

Xrays: The initial test would be a low segment barium enema which evaluates the calibre and anatomy of the colon. If this test is suggestive then a rectal biopsy is required and is the gold standard. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hirschsprung disease?

What are the symptoms of hirschsprung disease?

Constipation: Inability to stool spontaneously without laxatives, suppositories or some form of rectal stimulation. Usually presents in newborn period, but can manifest latter if breast fed when infant transitions to formula or solid foods. Biopsy and barium enema are needed to make the diagnosis. Can be treated successfully with surgery. ...Read more

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What is a hirschsprung disease, and how to you get it?

What is a hirschsprung disease, and how to you get it?

Congenital anomaly: Hirschsprung disease is a congenital anomaly of the large intestine that results in difficulty passing stool. It is treated with an operation. ...Read more

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What is hirschsprung disease and what are the major symptoms?

What is hirschsprung disease and what are the major symptoms?

Constipation: Hirschsprung's is being born with lack of certain nerves(nerves that cause relaxation) in the intestine. When these nerves are missing the affected portion of the intestine/colon cannot relax, therefore obstruction results. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hirschsprung disease?

What is the definition or description of: Hirschsprung disease?

Hirschsprung disease: affects the colon- missing ganglion or nerve cells- colon unable to function properly resulting in severe constipation. ...Read more

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How will having hirschsprung disease mess up my health later in life?

Possibly: In general, most patients with properly performed correction of H.D.Do extremely well with no long term impact. However, some have issues with constipation, recurrent disease, enterocolitis(inflammation of the intestine). The key is early diagnosis and treatment by pediatric surgeons experienced in the care. If, patient has very long segment disease or small bowel hd, long term prob may exist. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for the surgery to correct hirschsprung's disease?

Depends : A lot depends upon the technique. Some surgeons will do colostomy followed by a pull through at a later date. A pull through removes the diseased colon and allows the enervated intestine to function normally. If a trans anal pull through is done, normal bowel function ocurrs in several days with advancing to normal diet and discharge home. ...Read more

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What is a cure for hirschsprung disease?

Surgery: Treatment is resection of segment of bowel missing ganglion cells, innervation of bowel. Most of time recognized in infancy. Sometimes have colostomy until get somewhat older for definitive surgery. After resection eventual pull through of normal segment at anus. ...Read more

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Is hirschsprung disease dangerous to an infant?

Can be: Hirschsprung disease has occasionally gone un-diagnosed for a period of time & some kids have developed a severe enterocolitis & died during the illness. With diagnosis, monitoring& treatment a kid can have a realatively normal life. ...Read more

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I have hirschsprung's disease. What is treatment?

Surgery: Usually presents in infancy. Biopsy is done to confirm diagnosis. Then a single stage procedure can be done if patient is stable. In some instances a staged procedure is done , where one gets a colostomy followed several months later by a pull through . The pull through excises the defective colon. ...Read more

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