Hereditary Hollow Viscus Myopathy is a digestive disorder leading to intestinal pseudo obstruction. This is a digestive disorder where the intestines are unable to contract normally and push food through the digestive system, resulting in an obstruction. The walls of the affected gastrointestinal tract becomes thin and the muscles that control its motion start to degenerate. The exact cause of Hereditary Hollow Viscus Myopathy is currently unknown. Symptoms include constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, urological abnormalities, short or dilated small bowel, and failure to thrive. Hereditary Hollow Viscus Myopathy is characterized by impaired function of enteric smooth muscle cells resulting in abnormal intestinal mobility, severe abdominal pain, malnutrition, and even death. Treatment options include surgical ileostomy.
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