Hirschsprung disease

Symptoms

What health problems should I look for in Hirschsprung Disease?

Before surgery, infants and children 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 infant or child may grow slowly, gain less weight than other children thier age, and have a swollen belly. After surgery, watch for constipation (being unable to pass stool) or inability to control stool so it is released unexpectedly, called incontinence.

If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms speak with your physician or a gastroenterologist about these symptoms and whether this may be due to Hirschsprung disease.

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

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

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