Hirschsprung disease

Symptoms

What are the main symptoms of Hirschsprung Disease?

Before surgery, people with Hirschsprung disease may be unable to pass stool (fecal matter), including the meconium (the baby's first stool, which is a dark green color). They can also have liquid stool (diarrhea) and green vomit. Later, the baby may grow slowly, gain less weight than other children the same age, and have a swollen belly.

After Hirschsprung disease is treated, there may be constipation, inability to pass stool, or inability to control stool so it is released unexpectedly, called incontinence.

If your infant or child has any of these symptoms please speak with your physician about making a diagnosis of Hirschsprung disease.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/hirschsprung-disease/symptoms/3066 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-06-15

References

"Hirschsprung’s Disease" National Organization for Rare Disorders. 2005. https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/hirschsprungs-disease/#standard-therapies

"Hirschsprung's disease" Medline Plus. 04 Dec. 2013. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001140.htm

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