|Parasympathetic Ganglion||Slide 42 (H & E)|
While doing your housemanship in a rural hospital, you are consulted by a concerned mother. Her small baby boy has massive abdominal distention and absent bowel movements.
On rectal examination, the ampulla is empty of feces and the anal sphincter is normal. Barium enema reveals a narrowed segment in the rectosigmoid, with massive dilatation above.
You suspect Hirschsprung's Disease, a congenital disorder due to absence of enteric neurons (ganglions) in the distal colon and rectum, and decide to refer the patient to a paediatric surgeon for a colon biopsy.
A high magnification of a parasympathetic ganglion of the Auerbach plexus in the gastrointestinal tract. This example of a parasympathetic ganglion was taken from the colon.
|Clinical Case||Fig 42-004|
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