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Information for Parents

Hirschsprung's Disease

  • What is this disease?

    • Hirschsprung's disease is the congenital absences of ganglion cells in the intestine and the lack of these cells causes an obstruction of the intestine.  These babies may present at birth with a delay to pass stool or have abnormal bowel movements associated with abdominal distention and vomiting.

  • How it is diagnosed?

    • The diagnosis is done by clinical history and examination, followed by investigations like X-ray abdomen, barium/Gastrografin enema. The confirmation is by biopsy (rectal biopsy or laparotomy and biopsy).

  • How it is treated?

    • Surgery is the only modality available to treat this condition.

  • When it should be operated?

    • The surgery should be done after diagnosis, but will depend upon clinical situation of the child.

  • Are there other alternative methods of treatment?

    • Medical management is not successful in this condition.

  • What all I need to know before my child surgery?

    • Read “All you need to know before your child’s surgery” information booklet in website.

  • How is the surgery done?

    • There are severe procedures for this condition including open and laparoscopic surgery. Your Pediatric Surgeon is the best person to discuss about it with you so that you can take an informed decision.

  • Remarks

    • For more details of surgery, contact your surgeon.

  • Related Photographs and videos

    • Few photographs of steps done by me and video link is given here for learning purposes