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Intussusception is a condition in which part of the intestine folds
inward and into itself (like a telescope), usually causing swelling, pain, and
a complete or partial loss of blood supply to the affected area. Left
untreated, the affected intestine may burst or die, causing a serious,
Intussusception can occur anywhere along the intestinal tract, but
it usually develops between the lower part of the small intestine and the
beginning of the large intestine. Intussusception is most common in children;
it rarely affects adults. In children, the cause is usually not known. In
adults, it is usually related to another intestinal problem.
Symptoms of intussusception in children usually appear suddenly and
In adults, the symptoms are less severe and less obvious.
Treatment for intussusception varies depending on age and the
extent of the problem. Most children can be treated in the hospital with
enemas. Sometimes surgery is needed. Most adults are treated with
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
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