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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Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR) was first described by Harald Hirschsprung a century ago.
Although, this condition was described by Fredericus Ruysch in 1691 and popularized by Harald Hirschsprung in 1886, the pathophysiology was not clearly determined until the middle of the 20th century, when Whitehouse and Kernohan described the aganglionosis of the distal intestine as the cause of obstruction in their series of 11 patients who died of megacolon, published in 1948.
Hirschsprung's disease is named after the 19th century doctor, Harald Hirschsprung, who first identified it in 1886.