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Hirschsprung's Disease

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • congenital megacolon
  • megacolon, aganglionic
  • colonic aganglionosis
  • HSCR
  • intestinal aganglionosis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR) is characterized by the absence of particular nerve cells (ganglions) in a segment of the bowel. The absence of ganglion cells causes the muscles to lose their ability to move the stool through the intestine (peristalsis). Constipation occurs and obstruction of the colon becomes more obvious and perhaps painful. HSCR can occur as an isolated problem or as part of disorder that affects multiple organ systems.

Resources

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Tel: (301)496-3583
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
700 W. Virginia St., 201
Milwaukee, WI 53217
USA
Tel: (414)964-1799
Fax: (414)964-7176
Tel: (888)964-2001
Email: iffgd@iffgd.org
Internet: http://www.iffgd.org

Pull-Thru Network
1705 Wintergreen Parkway
Normal, IL 61761
USA
Tel: (309)262-2930
Email: PullthruNetwork@gmail.com
Internet: http://www.PullthruNetwork.org

Bowel Group for Kids Inc.
PO Box 40
Oakdale, NSW, 2570
Austrailia
Tel: 02 4659 6067
Fax: 61 2 4659 6381
Email: enquiries@bgk.org.au
Internet: http://www.bgk.org.au

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

CORE
3 St. Andrews Place
London, NW1 4LB
United Kingdom
Tel: 02074860341
Fax: 02072242012
Email: info@corecharity.org.uk
Internet: http://www.corecharity.org.uk

Medical Home Portal
Dept. of Pediatrics
University of Utah
P.O. Box 581289
Salt Lake City, UT 84158
Tel: (801)587-9978
Fax: (801)581-3899
Email: mindy.tueller@utah.edu
Internet: http://www.medicalhomeportal.org

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Last Updated:  2/2/2008
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