Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Hirschsprung's Disease
Browse and register for related classes.
In Hirschsprung's disease,
certain nerve cells (ganglion cells) in a portion of the colon are missing.
Because the muscles in that area can't relax, the muscle contractions that
normally push food and digestive waste through that part of the colon can't
occur. The picture on the right shows a colon in which the rectum lacks
ganglion nerve cells, causing swelling in the area above it.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerBrad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Share Feedback and Questions
View Quality Data
© 2017 Concord Hospital