Hirschsprung’s Disease

Hirschsprung's Disease

Picture of Hirschsprung's disease

In Hirschsprung's disease, certain nerve cells (ganglion cells) in a portion of the colon are missing. Because the muscles in that area can't relax, the muscle contractions that normally push food and digestive waste through that part of the colon can't occur. The picture on the right shows a colon in which the rectum lacks ganglion nerve cells, causing swelling in the area above it.

ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine

Current as ofMarch 28, 2018

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