Second Child Pregnancy With A History Of Hirschsprung’s Disease?

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I want to ask? My first child has hisprung disease, if I get pregnant again will my child later experience the same thing too? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Ochachiweleh,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Hirschprung's disease occurs when nerve cells in the colon do not form properly, so that it interferes with muscle contraction in the colon which will ultimately also inhibit passage of feces. Not yet clear what the exact cause of this condition. However, heredity and genetic mutations are strongly suspected of triggering this disease.

Without intending to make you worry, but indeed, if you previously had a child with Hirschprung's disease, then your risk of returning to have a child with a similar disease will be higher than other people who have never had a child with Hirschprung's disease. This risk is also higher if you later have a baby boy, or have certain genetic defects, such as Down syndrome or congenital heart defects.

Of course, even if it is more risky, it does not mean that your child will DEFINITELY return to having Hirschprung's disease. Maybe later you can give birth to a normal baby without any defects.

There are no specific steps that can be taken to prevent this disease from happening. However, with regular pregnancy examinations to the obstetrician, as well as regular postpartum control to the pediatrician, your baby's risk of this disease can be detected early and is also handled properly.

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