Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infant Megacolon Evaluation

Evaluation of congenital megacolon begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in an infant with congenital megacolon may include:

Testing is required to make the diagnosis of congenital megacolon.

Tests that may be used to evaluate congenital megacolon include:
  • Barium enema x-ray:
    • Can show findings of this condition
  • Intestinal biopsy:
    • Needed to confirm the diagnosis of congenital megacolon.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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