Small bowel (small intestine)
Congenital anomalies
Hirschsprung disease

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 9 February 2018, last major update August 2012

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PubMed Search: Hirschsprung disease[TIAB] small bowel

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Hirschsprung disease. website. Accessed October 16th, 2018.
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)