Hirschsprungs Disease

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What is Hirschsprung's Disease?

Hirschsprung's Disease (HD) is a rare condition in which the nerve cells (known as ganglion cells) are absent in a segment of bowel. The ganglion cells control the muscles of the bowel. Because the muscles can't relax well it creates a functional blockage.

Contents are pushed along until they reach the affected part of bowel where the passage slows and a blockage occurs.

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