The absorptive function of colonic aganglionic intestine: are the Duhamel and Martin procedures rational?

@article{Heath1985TheAF,
  title={The absorptive function of colonic aganglionic intestine: are the Duhamel and Martin procedures rational?},
  author={A L Heath and L. Spitz and Peter J. Milla},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  year={1985},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={
          34-6
        }
}
The Lester Martin modification of the Duhamel procedure is an accepted definitive operation for long-segment Hirschsprung's disease, in which considerable use is made of aganglionic bowel. Whether the aganglionic segment contributes to fluid and electrolyte reabsorption is not known. We have modified the technique of nonequilibrium dialysis of the rectum in order to obtain simultaneous measurements of electrolyte transport and transmural potential difference (PD) in 9 infants with Hirschsprung… CONTINUE READING