Hirschsprung’s disease

Hirschsprung’s disease is a congenital disease of the large intestine. It is sometimes called congenital aganglionic megacolon. This is so-called such because their is incomplete development of the nerve cells or the Auerbach’s plexus in the large intestine. This is usually diagnosed during infancy or childhood, rarely in adult.

Hirschsprung's diseaseHirschsprung’s disease (image from gstatic.com)

One of the most common manifestation of Hirschsprung’s disease is constipation in infants which most oftentimes than not, when a physician inserts two fingers on the rectum, there is production of explosive stools. Infants also show symptoms like enlargement of abdomen, vomits green or brown materials, and sometimes produces bloody diarrhea.

Treatment usually done for Hirschsprung’s disease is reversible colostomy.

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