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Megacolon Infant Underlying Cause

Facts about congenital megacolon:

  • Congenital megacolon is usually the result of absent nerves within the colon that normally control contraction of the colon. This condition is called Hirschsprung disease.
  • Congenital megacolon is usually inherited.
  • It is sometimes associated with Down's syndrome.
  • Males are affected more frequently than females.

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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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