Small bowel (small intestine)
Congenital anomalies
Hirschsprung disease

Topic Completed: 1 August 2012

Revised: 8 March 2019

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PubMed Search: Hirschsprung disease[TIAB] small bowel

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Gulwani H. Hirschsprung disease. website. Accessed February 18th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Originates in colon but may extend into small bowel, causing enterocolitis and high mortality (see colon nontumor chapter)
  • Also absence of ganglion cells in small intestine, a rare form of Hirschsprung disease; found in newborns and associated with increased morbidity and mortality (Gastroenterol Nurs 1999;22:164)
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