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Hirschsprung's disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Aganglionic megacolon
  • Hirschsprung disease 1
  • Hirschsprung disease type 1
  • HSCR
  • HSCR 1
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Your Question

How can I learn more about the pull-through operation for Hirschsprung disease? I am considering this procedure for my son.

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

What is Hirschsprung disease?

Hirschsprung disease is a disease of the large intestine or colon. People with this disease do not have the nerve cells in the intestine required to expel stools from the body normally. Symptoms of Hirschsprung disease usually show up in very young children, but sometimes not until adolescence or adulthood. The symptoms may vary with age, but often involve constipation and/or obstruction of the bowel.[1]
Last updated: 10/17/2013

How can I learn more about the pull-through operation for Hirschsprung disease?

For a full discussion of this procedure, its risks and benefits, we recommend that you speak with your child's healthcare provider. In the meantime, you may find the following resources to be helpful.

The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has developed an information page on Hirschsprung disease that includes information on the pull-through operation. Click on the link below to view this information page.

You can find relevant journal articles on the pull-through procedure through a service called PubMed, a searchable database of medical literature. Information on finding an article and its title, authors, and publishing details is listed here. Some articles are available as a complete document, while information on other studies is available as a summary abstract. To obtain the full article, contact a medical/university library (or your local library for interlibrary loan), or order it online using the following link. Using "Hirschsprungs[ti] pull-through" as your search term should locate articles. To narrow your search, click on the “Limits” tab under the search box and specify your criteria for locating more relevant articles. Click here to view a search.  

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Web site has a page for locating libraries in your area that can provide direct access to these journals (print or online). The Web page also describes how you can get these articles through interlibrary loan and Loansome Doc (an NLM document-ordering service). You can access this page at the following link You can also contact the NLM toll-free at 888-346-3656 to locate libraries in your area.

In addition, the following support organizations may be able to provide you with additional information on this topic. They may also be able to help you connect with other families with children with Hirschsprung disease.

Pull-thru Network
2312 Savoy Street
Hoover, AL 35226
Phone: 205–978–2930
Web site:  

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inc. (IFFGD)
P.O. Box 170864
Milwaukee, WI 53217–8076
Toll-free: 888-964-2001
Phone: 414-964-1799
Fax: 414-964-7176
Web site:  
Last updated: 10/17/2013