Hirschsprung's disease

Evaluation of mortality and long-term function in 260 cases

Frederick Rescorla, A. M. Morrison, D. Engles, K. W. West, J. L. Grosfeld

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This report describes 260 patients treated for Hirschsprung's disease. There were 213 boys (82%) and 47 girls (18%). Age at diagnosis was younger than 30 days in 106 patients (41%), 1 month to 1 year in 90 patients (35%), and older than 1 year in 64 patients (25%). Diagnosis was achieved with barium enema and rectal biopsy. Aganglionosis involved the rectum or rectosigmoid in 174 patients (67%), the left colon in 38 patients (15%), and the proximal colon in 23 patients (9%); 25 patients (9%) had total colonic aganglionosis. Enterocolitis occurred in 47 cases (18%). Following an initial colostomy or ileostomy, a definitive pull-through procedure was performed in 247 patients (95%) (modified Duhamel in 185, Soave in25, Swenson procedure in 15, and anomyectomy/sphincterotomy in 22); the overall survival rate was 93.8% (244 of 260 patients). An increased mortality was associated with Down syndrome, total colonic aganglionosis, and enterocolitis. Long-term follow-up (mean, 6 years 10 months) was available in 103 patients who underwent a Duhamel procedure. Sixty-seven (65%) had normal bowel function, 28 (27%) occasionally used enemas or stool softeners, and eight (8%) had severe constipation or soiling. Bowel habits improved with time and were considered normal in 58% of patients at less than 5 years of follow-up and in 88% of patients at more than 15 years of follow-up. The Duhamel operation is a very effective definitive procedure for Hirschsprung's disease. Long-term follow- up is an important component of patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)934-942
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume127
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1992

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Hirschsprung Disease
Mortality
Enterocolitis
Colon
Ileostomy
Colostomy
Enema
Constipation
Down Syndrome
Rectum
Habits
Patient Care

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Rescorla, F., Morrison, A. M., Engles, D., West, K. W., & Grosfeld, J. L. (1992). Hirschsprung's disease: Evaluation of mortality and long-term function in 260 cases. Archives of Surgery, 127(8), 934-942.

Hirschsprung's disease : Evaluation of mortality and long-term function in 260 cases. / Rescorla, Frederick; Morrison, A. M.; Engles, D.; West, K. W.; Grosfeld, J. L.

In: Archives of Surgery, Vol. 127, No. 8, 1992, p. 934-942.

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Rescorla, F, Morrison, AM, Engles, D, West, KW & Grosfeld, JL 1992, 'Hirschsprung's disease: Evaluation of mortality and long-term function in 260 cases', Archives of Surgery, vol. 127, no. 8, pp. 934-942.
Rescorla, Frederick ; Morrison, A. M. ; Engles, D. ; West, K. W. ; Grosfeld, J. L. / Hirschsprung's disease : Evaluation of mortality and long-term function in 260 cases. In: Archives of Surgery. 1992 ; Vol. 127, No. 8. pp. 934-942.
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