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Pediatric Hirschsprung Disease

graphic of  Hirschsprung disease in the large intestines of a baby

Key Points About Hirschsprung Disease in Children

  • Hirschsprung disease is a rare birth defect. It affects the nerve cells in the large intestine.
  • Children with this disorder are missing nerve cells in all or part of the large intestine.
  • Without these nerve cells, stool can’t move forward through the large intestine. This can cause constipation, swelling, pain and infection.
  • Most children with Hirschsprung disease show symptoms in the first few weeks of life.
  • Hirschsprung disease is treated with surgery.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Veronica Gomez-Lobo

Veronica Gomez-Lobo

Director, Positive Reevaluation of Urogenital Differences (PROUD) Clinic
Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist
Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Division Chief, Urology
Urologist
Co-director, Spina Bifida Program
Andrea Badillo

Andrea Badillo

Director, Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship
Surgeon
Marc Levitt, M.D.

Marc Levitt

Chief, Division of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction
Program Director, Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship
Anthony Sandler

Anthony Sandler

Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief
Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care
Clarivet Torres

Clarivet Torres

Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
Gastroenterologist
Our Stories

Our Stories

Baby Mila in her stoller with a Happy New Year hat.

Mila's Story

As soon as Mila was born at 35.5 gestational weeks, it was clear something was terribly wrong. Mila’s breathing didn’t sound right. Her mother waited to hear her newborn cry. Following diagnostic imaging and genetic testing, her newborn daughter's health concerns were revealed. 

Departments

Departments

Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction

The Division of Pediatric Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction offers the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment for all types of pediatric colorectal disorders.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.