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Other Names for this Disease
- Aganglionic megacolon
- Hirschsprung disease 1
- Hirschsprung disease type 1
- HSCR 1
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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.
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- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Hirschsprung's disease. Click on the link to go to GHR and review the information.
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- The Merck Manual Online Medical Library provides information on digestive tract defects. Click on Merck Manual to view the information page.
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- The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), offers information on this condition. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge. Click on the link to read information on this topic.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Hirschsprung's disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Hirschsprung's disease. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.