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Hirschsprung’s Disease in Children and Adults

Hirschsprung’s disease is an illness that people are born with (congenital), in which there is a lack of nerve cells (ganglion cells) in the segments of the intestinal tract located in the colon or rectum. Since the first operative curative technique for Hirschsprung’s disease was described in 1948, progress in diagnostic methods and surgical techniques have allowed the survival and successful treatment of most children with Hirschsprung’s disease. In spite of these advances, postoperative problems continue to occur. Recently, research has produced a better understanding of the disease, knowledge that will undoubtedly lead to further refinements of the surgical techniques and better treatment of these patients.

Topics: Fact Sheet, Hirschsprung's Disease, Motility

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  • Samuel Nurko, MD, MPH

    Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA

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