Redo surgery with longitudinal resection for dilated bowel in Hirschsprung disease: an illustrative case series

Danielle Roorda*, Tessa J. Surridge, Ruben G. J. Visschers, Joep P. M. Derikx, L. W. Ernest van Heurn

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Purpose Patients with Hirschsprung disease (HD) can have persistent obstructive symptoms after resection of the aganglionic segment. If obstructive symptoms are treated inadequately, this may lead to recurrent faecal stasis and impaction, and may result in severe distension of the bowel. A permanently distended bowel which not responds to conservative treatment may be an indication for redo surgery. The aim of this study is to describe our experiences and the short-term results of a novel technique: longitudinal antimesenteric resection with a longitudinal anastomosis. Methods We reviewed the medical records of our three patients who underwent longitudinal resection of severe distended bowel. This technique aims to improve defecation by improving faecal passage and is characterized by resection of the antimesenteric side of the distended intestinal segment, followed by plication with a longitudinal anastomosis. In this paper, this novel technique is described in detail, as well as short-term outcomes. Results All patients had an uneventful recovery after longitudinal antimesenteric resection. During follow-up, the functional outcomes were excellent, with a large improvement of bowel function. All patients were continent for faeces, and treated with low-dose laxatives or occasional preventive irrigation in one patient. There were no more complaints of persistent constipation or soiling. Conclusion Longitudinal resection is a surgical redo-procedure offering large benefits for patients with Hirschsprung disease with distended bowel after primary surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1983-1987
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Colorectal Disease
Issue number11
Early online date19 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Hirschsprung disease
  • Re-operation
  • Obstructive symptoms
  • Case report

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