Hirschsprung's Disease Directory
Hirschsprung's disease is a developmental disorder that results in a lack of nerves within the gastrointestinal tract. With Hirschsprung's disease, the colonic nerves that normally push out waste malfunction and prevent that waste from escaping. This causes pain, infection, and constipation. Hirschsprung's disease may be genetic and may be related to other birth defects. Surgery can remove the affected area of the intestines in infants, which usually clears up the problem, though mild symptoms may persist for a while. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how Hirschsprung's disease is caused, what the symptoms and treatments are, and much more.