How do you test for Hirschsprung's disease?

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How do you test for Hirschsprung's disease?

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answered Jun 11 by Baichoo (700 points)
The test for Hirschsprung's disease is done through a biopsy using a suction device.

Testing for Hirschsprung's disease is done by collecting a sample of the colon tissue.

This is the surest way to identify Hirschsprung's disease.

A biopsy sample can be collected using a suction device, then examined under a microscope to determine whether nerve cells are missing.

Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a birth defect.

The Hirschsprung disease birth defect disorder is characterized by the absence of particular nerve cells (ganglions) in a segment of the bowel in an infant.

The absence of ganglion cells causes the muscles in the bowels to lose their ability to move stool through the intestine (peristalsis).

Hirschsprung's disease is a condition of the large intestine (colon) that causes difficulty passing stool.

Hirschsprung's disease involves missing nerve cells in the muscles of part or all of the large intestine (colon). Present at birth, it causes difficulty passing stool.

The main symptom is a newborn's failure to have a bowel movement within 48 hours after birth.

Other symptoms include a swollen belly and vomiting.

Surgery is needed to bypass the affected part of the colon or remove it entirely.

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