Does anyone know someone who has Hirschsprung's disease???
My 2 year old daughter, Sapphire will be seeing a pediatric gasteroenterologist this week due to alot...and I mean ALOT of bowel problems. Her pediatrician mentioned that there is a possibility that it could be Hirschsprung's disease, although it is uncommon. Then I saw an episode of Mystery Diagnosis featuring a little boy who had it and every last detail of what he was going through was so eerily similar to that of my daughter. I have researched Hirschsprung's but because it is not widely known, there really isn't a lot of information about it out there.
Here is some info on Hirschsprung's...
Hirschsprung's disease occurs when some of the nerve cells that are normally present in the intestine do not form properly while a baby is developing during pregnancy.
As food is digested, muscles move food forward through the intestines in a movement called peristalsis. When we eat, nerve cells that are present in the wall of the intestines receive signals from the brain telling the intestinal muscles to move food forward.
In children with Hirschsprung's disease, a lack of nerve cells in part of the intestine interrupts the signal from the brain and prevents peristalsis in that segment of the intestine. Because stool cannot move forward normally, the intestine can become partially or completely obstructed (blocked), and begins to expand to a larger than normal size.
The problems a child will experience with Hirschsprung's disease depend on how much of the intestine has normal nerve cells present. Seventy percent of babies with Hirschsprung's disease are missing nerve cells in only the last one to two feet of the large intestine.
Hirschsprung's disease causes 25 percent of intestinal obstructions that occur in newborns. In mild cases, Hirschsprung's may not be detected or diagnosed until later in the child's life.
The only "cure" for Hirschsprung's is surgery. This surgery consists of removing the part of the intestine that is affected. After the surgery, 9 out of 10 children will pass stool normally.