What is MMIHS (Berdon Syndrome)?

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Megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIH Syndrome, MMIHS, or Berdon Syndrome) is a rare prenatal diagnosis involving a dilated urinary bladder which causes massive abdominal distension, microcolon and decreased or absent intestinal function. MMIHS is an autosomal recessive disorder most often occurring in females. The prognosis and life expectancy of this generally fatal disease remains poor. Death is mainly caused by sepsis, malnutrition or multiple organ failure. This diagnosis should not be confused with prune belly syndrome or the much milder chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, in which megacystis is also present. To learn more visit: Orphanet—Megacystisis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Radiopaedia —Megacystisis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalis  Rare Diseases—MMIH Syndrome   […]

An Ordinary Mum

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Eliza’s Mum I should be 33 weeks pregnant. I should be huge, uncomfortable, and thinking about having a nap right about now. But I’m quite slim, slender even. It doesn’t matter anymore that I’m drinking coffee and eating a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. Because I’m not pregnant. You know when you’re watching a film and the star collapses because they’ve had a huge shock and you can see how devastated they are; well, that was me, only I’m not a star and I’m not in a film. I’m just an ordinary mum. I worry about getting the washing dry in winter, and how to […]