Hirschsprungs Disease

Hirschsprung's disease is a condition caused by the absence of ganglion cells in the myenteric plexus which causes a mechanical obstruction. The most commonly affected area is the rectosigmoid region. Its typical presentation is as a failure to pass meconium during the first 24 hrs after birth, or it can also present as chronic constipation during the first year after birth. Diagnosis is confirmed by suction rectal biopsy with pathologic findings of the absence of ganglion cells in the myenteric plexus, increased cholinesterase staining and nerve bundle hypertrophy. Treatment involves resection of the affected bowel, with frozen section biopsy of the ostomy to ensure that there are ganglion cells present. Pull-through anastomosis is performed approximately 3 to 6 months later.

Getting Back Into Shape After The Pregnancy

Getting Back Into Shape After The Pregnancy

Once your pregnancy is over and done with, your baby is happily in your arms, and youre headed back home from the hospital, youll begin to realize that things have only just begun. Over the next few days, weeks, and months, youre going to increasingly notice that your entire life has changed in more ways than you could ever imagine.

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