Hirschsprung's Disease: A Rare Adult Diagnosis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

CASE PRESENTATION: Approximately 94% of patients with Hirschsprung's disease (HD) are diagnosed before the age of five. In our case, a young adult with years of constipation presented to the emergency department with significant abdominal distention. He was ultimately diagnosed with HD, which was identified using computed tomography (CT). DISCUSSION: In HD, we find defects in gastric motility due to improper gut colonization. Without childhood recognition, HD often leads to chronic constipation and failure to thrive in adulthood. CT is a key step in identifying this rare adult diagnosis that should be considered in all patients with a history of chronic constipation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schmutz, K; McGaig, G; Theiling, BJ

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 480 - 481

PubMed ID

  • 32926722

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7434244

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2474-252X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5811/cpcem.2020.6.46492


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States