Enterocolitis, what is this?
This is the most serious complication associated with Hirschsprung’s and is also called HEC or HAEC, Hirschsprung’s entercolitis. The symptoms can at times be vague but are usually
- Abdominal distension or Swollen Tummy,
- Foul smelling stools
Enterocolitis must be diagnosed and treated quickly to prevent very serious complications. If caught early then this can be treated with antibiotics and re-hydration. An important part of the treatment of enterocolitis is irrigations. This is where saline is pushed up through the colon to remove the gas and stool, this is similar to an enema.
The chances of enterocolitis reduces as the child gets older but can occur both post and pre-operative.
If you suspect your child has HEC then please take them to your gastrointestinal consultant or, if they are not available then to A & E at a main hospital.