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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is intussusception?

A condition where a segment of the intestines "telescopes" into another. This can cause the intestine walls to die, hence prompt medical attention is needed. It is linked with certain genetic conditions and growths, but in many cases no clear cause is found.

Symptoms of intussusception

  • Abdominal pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Blood in stool

  • Pale looking

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Stomach pain and grouchiness comes and goes

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Lump or swelling in the abdomen/stomach

Questions your doctor may ask to check for intussusception

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose intussusception

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Is there blood in your stool?

  • Do you look more pale, wan or sickly than usual?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen (stomach) is bloated or has a lot of gas?

Treatment for intussusception

This requires emergency medical treatment. Options include a water or air enema (done by a specialist), or surgery. While waiting for procedures, fluids are given via a needle in the vein, and antibiotics may be needed to prevent infection.

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References

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    https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0068482

  • Honjo H, Mike M, Kusanagi H, Kano N. Adult intussusception: a retrospective review. World J Surg. 2015 Jan;39(1):134-8. doi: 10.1007/s00268-014-2759-9. PMID: 25192846; PMCID: PMC4273082.

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