A diagnosis of megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis (MMIHS) can leave you unsure of how to best care for your child and concerned for the future. We can help. The experienced, compassionate team at Children’s Health focuses on education and support paired with advanced diagnosis and treatment options. We work with you to develop a care plan that produces the best possible outcome.
MMIHS is a very rare disorder in which the muscles that line your child’s bladder and intestines do not move the way they should. In some cases, they do not move at all. Children with MMIHS have a smaller than normal colon and an enlarged bladder. This affects your child’s digestive system and their ability to receive nutrition by eating and drinking. It also affects your child’s ability to urinate. This can cause several health issues, including:
MMIHS is a serious, life-threatening condition that requires ongoing medical care and monitoring to help your child achieve a normal, active life.
The signs and symptoms of MMIHS are usually similar for the children it affects, but the severity of the disorder and the impact it has on their daily life may be different.
MMIHS can sometimes be determined using ultrasound before your baby is born, but it is most often diagnosed shortly after birth.
The team of experts at Children’s Health starts with a careful examination of your child and review of their medical history and symptoms. Lab work and a colon biopsy can help confirm whether MMIHS is present.
MMIHS is a genetic disorder. This means that it is caused by a mutation in one or more of the genes that help control the movements in your child’s urinary and intestinal tracts and allows them to empty urine and move food through their body.
Some children inherit MMIHS from one of their parents. In other instances, the condition happens with no previous family history. This is called a de novo mutation.
There is currently no cure for MMIHS. Treatment is ongoing and centers on your child’s bladder, kidney and digestive functions.
MMIHS is a congenital disease, which means it’s present at birth. It is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation in one or more of the genes that control the muscles in your child’s intestines and bladder.
There is not currently a cure for MMIHS.
Although your child will face challenges, it is possible to live an active, normal life with MMIHS. With the education, support and advanced technology available today, there are multiple opportunities to improve the quality of life for both your child and your entire family.