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In Hirschsprung's disease, certain nerve cells (ganglion cells) in a portion of the colon are missing. Because the muscles in that area can't relax, the muscle contractions that normally push food and digestive waste through that part of the colon can't occur. The picture on the right shows a colon in which the rectum lacks ganglion nerve cells, causing swelling in the area above it.
Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineBrad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine
Current as of:
December 12, 2018
Medical Review:John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine
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