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Is Hirschsprung's disease a common gastrointestinal tract birth defect?

Hirschsprung's disease is a gastrointestinal tract birth defect that affects one in every 5,000 babies. Infants with this disease have a portion of their large intestine which will not contract. The baby will have symptoms of constipation and occasionally bowel obstruction. This disease can be treated by removing the portion of the large intestine that does not work properly.

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