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Hirschsprung's (HERSH-sproongz) disease is a condition that affects the large intestine (colon) and causes problems with passing stool. Hirschsprung's disease is present when a baby is born (congenital) and results from missing nerve cells in the muscles of a portion of the baby's colon.
Children with Hirschsprung's disease are often constipated. In severe cases of Hirschsprung's disease, a newborn child experiences an obstructed colon and is unable to have a bowel movement. In mild cases, doctors may not detect Hirschsprung's disease until later in a child's life.
Hirschsprung's disease is treated with surgery to remove the affected portion of the colon. After surgery, most children pass stool normally.
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