Hirschsprung’s Disease – elimination (bowel functions), feeding


Hirschsprung’s disease is a stomach disorder or gut disorder that is caused when the neural crest cells fail in their job to leave the gut after fetal development of the intestines. It means this area of the colon fails in its bid to calm down and relax; this in turn causes an obstruction. In most people the disorder affects the tiny segment of the distal colon region. In around six percent of all cases the entire colon is affected. Sometimes in medical terminology, Hirschsprung’s Disease is referred to as congenital aganglionic megacolon.

The regular way doctors treat Hirschsprung’s disease is to use a type of surgery where they encourage the patient to pull through. A portion of the colon that is still alive with nerve cells is pulled through and then fixed and sewn over the part that does not have the nerve cells. Research has also made studies that found Hirschsprung’s disease is associated by a single chromosome. To this date, this chromosome has not been isolated by medical scientists despite repeated efforts to do so.

Do you or someone who know may have Hirschsprung’s disease? Help is available. You might qualify for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit and other benefits offered by the Canadian government.


Hirschsprung’s disease affects around one in every 5,500 babies. The disease first got its name from after Harald Hirschsprung, a doctor from Denmark who first diagnosed the condition in two babies that had died back in 1888. The disease is believed to be caused by a defect in the way neuroblasts exit the neural crest in the first 12 weeks of the gestation period.


Symptoms for a patient suffering from Hirschsprung’s disease include:

  • A lacking of ganglion cells in your baby
  • A delayed passing of meconium
  • Stomach distention
  • Constipation

Disability Tax Credits for Hirschsprung’s disease

There is help and assistance available when you think you are ready to make that change. Everyone deserves a second chance. Treatment will help you feel more like your old self again and allow you to better and learn to value yourself.

Is your baby having problems with elimination during bowel functions? Is your baby having problems after feeding?

Does your baby have Hirschsprung’s disease? Is the disorder seriously affecting your quality of life? You might be eligible for the Disability Tax Credits and benefits. Contact us today!