congenital megacolon

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Noun1.congenital megacolon - congenital condition in which the colon does not have the normal network of nerves; there is little urge to defecate so the feces accumulate and cause megacolon
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It takes its name from Danish physician Harald Hirschsprung, who described the condition in 1886 after caring for two young boys who suffered severe constipation and abdominal swelling, two hallmarks of the condition.