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Hirschprung's diseaseA congenital failure of development of the nerve supply to the lower part of the large intestine. This causes failure of PERISTALSIS and effective obstruction of the bowel. Treatment is by surgical removal of the affected segment. (Harald Hirschprung, 1830–1916, Danish paediatrician).
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