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An epidemiological study of Hirschsprung's disease and additional anomalies.

Acta Paediatrica 1994 January
The incidence of Hirschsprung's disease was studied in approximately 1.5 million consecutive live births in Denmark by hospital records. A diagnosis of Hirschsprung's disease required a histologic verified absence of ganglion cells in either biopsy or surgical colonic specimens. The incidence of Hirschsprung's disease was found to be 0.140 per 1000 live births (1:7,165) with a male: female ratio of 4.1:1 in short segment, and 2.4:1 in long segment Hirschsprung's disease (p = 0.36). Maternal age and birth order were unimportant factors. The association of Hirschsprung's disease and Down's syndrome was seen in 9 of the 207 patients and may represent a real association, whereas the association with congenital heart defects seen in 2% (not including patients with Down's syndrome) is more doubtful. A mortality of 16% among the patients with Hirschsprung's disease emphasizes the extreme importance of early diagnosis.

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