Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis (HAEC) is an inflammation or infection of the bowel in babies who have Hirschsprung disease
(HD). HD is when an area of the colon (large intestine) cannot push stool through as it should. This can lead to a partial or full blockage.
HAEC can happen suddenly. Care is needed right away.
Hirschsprung disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/hirschsprung-disease. Accessed August 30, 2021.
Hirschsprung’s disease. About Kids GI—International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders website. Available at: https://aboutkidsgi.org/lower-gi/hirschsprungs-disease. Accessed August 30, 2021.
Last reviewed July 2021 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Kari Kuenn, MD
Last Updated: 8/30/2021
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