Intestinal neuronal dysplasia

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Intestinal neuronal dysplasia
Other names: Neuronal intestinal dysplasia
Intestinal neuronal dysplasia- dilated bowel

Intestinal neuronal dysplasia (IND) is an inherited disease of the intestine that affects one in 3000 children and adults. The intestine uses peristalsis to push its contents toward the anus; IND sufferers have a problem with the motor neurons that lead to the intestine, inhibiting this process and thus preventing digestion.

It can often be confused for Hirschsprung's disease, as both have similar symptoms.[1]

Signs and symptoms

IND can be grouped into NID A and NID B, with the "A" form affecting the sympathetic innervation, and the "B" version affecting the parasympathetic innervation.[2][3] In 2002 Martucciello and colleagues published the first analysis of associated anomalies in IND population is an important clinical approach to investigate possible pathogenetic correlations. Two recessive syndromes were identified (3 families). The first was characterized by NID B, intestinal malrotation, and congenital short bowel, the second by NID B, short stature, mental retardation, and facial dysmorphism. In this study, gastrointestinal anomalies accounted for 67.4% of all associated disorders. These data suggest a strong correlation between IND and intestinal development.[4]


The cause of this condition may be attributed to the enteric nervous system and genetic defects in it.[5]


In terms of the diagnosis of this condition, Intestinal neuronal dysplasia, one may look at unusual acetylcholinesterase staining in ganglion cells specimen[6]


Conservative treatment involves the long term use of laxatives and enemas, and has limited success. Dietary changes in order to control the disease are ineffective and high fiber diets often worsen the symptoms in children. As a last resort, surgical treatment (internal sphincter myectomy or colon resection) is used.[7] In extreme cases, the only effective cure is a complete transplant of the affected parts.[citation needed]


A famous case of IND is that of Adele Chapman, who had a triple transplant of the small intestine, pancreas and liver, the first of its kind in the UK; therefore the official charity of IND is the Adele Chapman Foundation.[citation needed]


  1. Mahesha V, Saikia UN, Shubha AV, Rao KL (February 2008). "Intestinal neuronal dysplasia of the myenteric plexus—new entity in humans?". European Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 18 (1): 59–60. doi:10.1055/s-2008-1038324. PMID 18302074.
  2. Fadda B, Maier WA, Meier-Ruge W, Schärli A, Daum R (October 1983). "Neuronale intestinale Dysplasie. Eine kritische 10-Jahres-Analyse klinischer und bioptischer Diagnostik" [Neuronal intestinal dysplasia. Critical 10-years' analysis of clinical and biopsy diagnosis]. Zeitschrift für Kinderchirurgie (in Deutsch). 38 (5): 305–11. doi:10.1055/s-2008-1059994. PMID 6649903.
  3. Barone V, Weber D, Luo Y, Brancolini V, Devoto M, Romeo G (March 1996). "Exclusion of linkage between RET and neuronal intestinal dysplasia type B". American Journal of Medical Genetics. 62 (2): 195–8. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1096-8628(19960315)62:2<195::AID-AJMG15>3.0.CO;2-J. PMID 8882403.
  4. Martucciello, G; Torre, M; Pini Prato, A; Lerone, M; Campus, R; Leggio, S; Jasonni, V (2002). "Associated anomalies in intestinal neuronal dysplasia". Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 37 (2): 219–223. doi:10.1053/jpsu.2002.30258. PMID 11819202.
  5. Puri, Prem (1 January 2012). "Chapter 102 - Intestinal Dysganglionosis and Other Disorders of Intestinal Motility". Pediatric Surgery (Seventh Edition). Mosby. pp. 1279–1287. ISBN 978-0-323-07255-7. Archived from the original on 23 October 2021. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  6. Plesec, Thomas P.; Petras, Robert E.; Savage, Erica C. (1 January 2021). "65 - Gastrointestinal Pathology". Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease (Sixth Edition). Elsevier. pp. 696–716.e7. ISBN 978-0-323-67293-1. Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  7. Gillick J, Tazawa H, Puri P (May 2001). "Intestinal neuronal dysplasia: results of treatment in 33 patients". Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 36 (5): 777–9. doi:10.1053/jpsu.2001.22959. PMID 11329588.

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