Hirschsprung's disease


Hirsch·​sprung's disease ˈhirsh-ˌpru̇ŋz- How to pronounce Hirschsprung's disease (audio)
: megacolon that is caused by congenital absence of ganglion cells in the muscular wall of the distal part of the colon with resulting loss of peristaltic function in this part and dilatation of the colon proximal to the aganglionic part

called also congenital megacolon

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“Hirschsprung's disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Hirschsprung%27s%20disease. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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