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Hirschsprung Disease (cont.)

If I have more children, will they also have Hirschsprung's disease?

If you have a child with Hirschsprung disease, your chance of having more children with Hirschsprung disease is greater. Talk with your doctor about the risk.

Hirschsprung's Disease At A Glance

  • Hirschsprung disease (HD) is a disease of the large intestine that causes severe constipation or intestinal obstruction. People with Hirschsprung disease are born with it.
  • The large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum, is the last part of the digestive tract.
  • The cause of Hirschsprung disease is unclear. Hirschsprung disease is not caused by anything a mother did while pregnant.
  • The main symptoms of Hirschsprung disease are constipation or intestinal obstruction, usually appearing shortly after birth.
  • Newborns with Hirschsprung disease almost always fail to have their first bowel movement within 48 hours after birth.
  • Hirschsprung disease is diagnosed based on symptoms and test results.
  • Hirschsprung disease is treated with surgery called a pull-through procedure.
  • A child who has been very sick from Hirschsprung disease may need an ostomy to get better before the pull-through procedure.
  • Most children pass stool normally after the pull-through procedure.
  • People with Hirschsprung disease can suffer from an infection of the intestines, called enterocolitis, before or after surgery.
  • If you have a child with Hirschsprung disease, your chance of having more children with Hirschsprung disease is greater.

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). What I need to know about Hirschsprung Disease.

Last Editorial Review: 5/10/2012

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