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Megacolon

What is a Megacolon?

Megacolon is an enlarged colon that is unable to move stool. A megacolon can be either acute or chronic.

Megacolon is also called giant colon and Hirschsprung's disease.

Symptoms of a Megacolon

The most common symptoms of megacolon are:

What causes Megacolon?

There are many different causes of megacolon. Some of the most common causes are:

Treatment Options for a Megacolon

The treatment depends on the cause of megacolon. If megacolon is causes by Hirschprung's Disease, treatment usually involves removal of the part of the colon that does not work properly. Other treatments are focused on the cause. These treatments may involve reducing use of narcotics or increasing the intake or dietary fiber.

How is Megacolon Diagnosed?

Megacolon is diagnosed through an examination of the rectum. Your doctor may also perform a test called anorectal manometry. Anorectal manometry is a test where a balloon is dilated in the rectum to check the functionality of the nerves in the rectum.

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