Topic: Anal, Rectal Disorders
Brochure: Hirschsprung's Disease803
This fact sheet was written to answer questions about Hirschsprung's disease, treatment, surgery, and follow up.Topics: Anal, Rectal Disorders, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Hirschsprung's Disease, Motility
The purpose of this publication is to describe the characteristics and treatment of four pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders that prompt parents to bring their child to the doctor for constipation and/or soiling: infant dyschezia, functional constipation, functional fecal retention, and non-retentive fecal soiling. [A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works) rather than an abnormality that is characterized by tissue damage or inflammation.] Revised and updated 2009.Topics: Anal, Rectal Disorders, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fecal soiling, incontinence, Incontinence
Fact Sheet: Colon Manometry: Questions and Answers812
Your child is scheduled for a specialized test called colon manometry that will check the motility of the colon. This guide will help to prepare you and your child so that the experience is as successful as it can be.Topics: Anal, Rectal Disorders, Colonic inertia, Pseudo-obstruction, Hirschsprung's Disease, Motility, Tests, lower GI tract
When a new baby is born, we assume that he or she will spend most of the first few months of life engaged in a small number of basic activities: sleeping, feeding, peeing, and pooping. The passage of waste is a basic function of all living organisms, which is so ingrained and routine that most of us do not even think twice about it. The inability to defecate in children is usually due either to a problem with formation of the anus or with the inability of the colon to push the stool from one end to the other (Hirschsprung's disease and other motility disorders).
Over 1,000 new cases of Hirschsprung's disease are diagnosed in the USA every year. More than half the children treated appropriately with surgery for Hirschsprung's disease suffer from chronic problems with constipation, incontinence, and/or abdominal pain. Even as adults, over half will experience occasional episodes of incontinence, and 10% will endure constipation unresponsive to medical management. Nonetheless, adjustment for teenagers and young adults with Hirschsprung's disease is not different than for healthy children; successful adjustment depends largely on family support. Revised and updated 2009.Topics: Anal, Rectal Disorders, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fecal soiling, incontinence, Hirschsprung's Disease, Incontinence, Motility
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