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Whats hirschsprung disease?

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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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

Hirschsprung disease is a condition that a baby is born with, in which there are no nerve cells in the last part of the colon, resulting in blockage of stool passing (constipation) and abdominal distension. ...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?

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

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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Are there proven ways to help prevent hirschsprung disease?

Congenital condition: Congenital problem with lack of ganglion cells in portions of the large bowel. Sometimes inherited in some families. There is no way to prevent condition. Therapy is with surgery. ...Read more

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My daughter has hirschsprung disease. How will this affect her?

Depends: Most children treated surgically for hirschsprung's will do well and live a normal life. A lot depends on the length of colon/intestine involved. ...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

Dr. Arti Jain
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Failure To Thrive (Definition)

Failure to thrive is a condition consisting of poor growth in children, or weight loss and poor ...Read more