Other Names for this Disease
- Intestinal hypoganglionosis
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Hirschsprung disease; patients with both conditions may present with chronic constipation, intestinal obstruction, and enterocolitis (inflammation of the intestines). Patients with hypoganglionosis may also suffer from severe complications including fecaloma (hardening of the feces inside the colon), bleeding or perforation of the intestine, and breathing problems resulting from a distended colon. An accurate diagnosis in adults is often difficult, requiring one or more biopsies of the intestinal wall. The exact cause of hypoganglionoisis is not known. In some cases, it is due to factors present at birth (congenital), while other times it is believed to be an acquired condition. The management of isolated hypoganglionosis generally involves surgery to remove the affected bowel segment.Hypoganglionosis, also known as intestinal hypoganglionosis, is a disorder causing a reduced number of nerves in the intestinal wall. Intestinal hypoganglionosis can mimic
Last updated: 8/7/2015
- Kim, Hye Jin, et al.. Hirschsprung Disease and Hypoganglionosis in Adults: Radiologic Findings and Differentiation. RSNA Radiology. May, 2008; 247(2):http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/radiol.2472070182. Accessed 8/7/2015.
- Friedmacher, F and Puri, P.. Classification and diagnostic criteria of variants of Hirschsprung's disease. Pediatr Surg Int.. Sept, 2013; 29(9):855-72. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23943250. Accessed 8/7/2015.
- Dingemann, Jens and Puri, Prem. Isolated hypoganglionosis: systematic review of a rare intestinal innervation defect. Pediatr Surg Int. 2010; 26:1111-1115. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=20721562. Accessed 8/7/2015.
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