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Hirschsprung Disease

Hirschsprung disease is a type of birth defect detected in infants. The child may lack the nerves that coordinate the muscles to move the gut so that the intestine can pass stools normally. When these movements are lacking, the stool gets accumulated inside the abdomen causing, swelling, constipation, and other issues. Doctors manage this condition by an ostomy and pull-through procedure.

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What is the reason for my daughter's constipation and stomach pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My 18 month old daughter has had problems since birth and I am desperate for a second opinion. The history is complicated trying to explain the symptoms but I will do my best. It was detected polyhydramnios in pregnancy. My daughter born at 36 weeks 4 days through emergency C-section due ...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. All these episode are quite disturbing the baby. But the things are meshed together, at a point of time we need to stay on one diagnosis rather than jumping to one another. 2. One thing is common here in each episode, she has severe constipation and intermittent ...  Read Full »

My son has abdominal swelling after Hirschsprung disease operation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years old. He had a problem with stool passage and Hirschsprung disease. Last month, with the guidance of doctor laparoscopy and colonic biopsy were done under trans and endorectal pull-through operation. But, for the last two weeks, he is suffering from abdominal distentio...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and your history as well. 1. As per the report, there is an obstruction in the intestine due to the local infection, which generally happens post surgery in some cases. 2. I would sugge...  Read Full »

My son has constipation. Is barium enema needed?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gotten two different opinions from two pediatricians about my 8 months old boy. One says my boy has Hirschsprung's disease, and the other says it is just constipation. The first doctor did a rectal exam, yielding no explosive stools, and he wants my son to get a barium enema. The ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There seems to be a lot of confusion that has been created. See here are my valid points: A child with any chronic disease like HD (Hirschsprung's disease) will not be able to gain weight of 9.53 kg at just 8 months of age. HD is usually diagnosed quite soon after b...  Read Full »

Why has my constipation problem worsened during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old, and currently, I am pregnant. I have had constipation issues since birth, but with pregnancy, it has got worsen. In the beginning, I go every few days, but it will be super uncomfortable if it was more than three days. I have a super bloated, sick feeling. So I woul...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since you have constipation since birth, there is a possibility of Hirschsprung disease. Second, you might have functional constipation or pelvic dyssynergia. The latter is most likely. The pelvic dyssynergia is basically an incardinated mechanism of passing stool. T...  Read Full »

Will Hirschsprung's disease cause difficulty in passing stool?

Query: Hi doctor, My boy baby's age is 3 years 3 months. His colostomy opening was done just after the birth (in three days), and colostomy closure was done at the age of 1 year 7 months. Baby was fine till the last week. He was now having difficulty passing stool and swelling in the lower left abdomen. S...  Read Full »

Dr. Samir Bhatia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the image (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), suture site looks fine. Is the child passing gas? Is there any tenderness while you touch the abdomen? Is there any distension? Is he vomiting? Why was colostomy done? Please answer the qu...  Read Full »

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