Definitive treatment of Hirschsprung's disease in the newborn with a one- stage procedure

R. E. Cilley, M. B. Statter, R. B. Hirschl, A. G. Coran

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

70 Scopus citations


Background. The purpose of this study was to review our experience and early follow-up with 15 one-stage pull-through procedures performed at the time of diagnosis in neonates and infants with Hirschsprung's disease. Methods. Historic chart review of all patients with the new diagnosis of Hirschsprung's disease seen at the C. S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, between June 1989 and June 1992 was performed. Progress notes, operative and anesthetic records, pathology reports, and outpatient follow-up notes were used for data collection. Results. Operative technique included a modified endorectal pull-through after determining the presence of ganglion cells by frozen section. No colostomies were performed before or after operation. Three patients had affected family members. All infants were born at term. Operation was performed within 24 hours of diagnosis and as early as 48 hours of age. Twelve patients had standard rectosigmoid disease, two had total colonic disease, and another had long-segment disease. Bowel function returned within 4 days of operation, and feeding was instituted by postoperative day 6 in all patients. All of the patients with rectosigmoid disease are doing well. Patients with long-segment or total colonic disease had more problems but are currently at home and doing well. Morbidity included two postoperative bowel obstructions and three patients with postoperative enterocolitis. Conclusions. A single definitive operation may be used to treat Hirschsprung's disease diagnosed in the newborn. Long-term follow-up in these patients is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-556
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


Dive into the research topics of 'Definitive treatment of Hirschsprung's disease in the newborn with a one- stage procedure'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this