Hirschsprung's disease, also known as congenital intestinal aganglionosis, is a rare genetic
disease of the digestive system appearing in childhood. It affects 4 out of every 5 boys. It is due to the lack of migration of certain cells
which enables the transmission of information in the colon
. This results in significant and chronic constipation
when manifested in adults. A surgical operation can restore normal intestinal processes by removing abnormal parts of the intestine. In most cases, Hirschsprung's disease occurs at birth as an absence of the first discharge of baby feces, called the meconium, and intestinal obstruction
syndrome. In infants with significant constipation, an x-ray
of the abdomen
called ASP or an enema give reason to suspect the diagnosis, and a rectal biopsy
will confirm it.
Published by Jeff
Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 03:47 AM by Jeff.