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  • Diarrhea containing blood

  • Stool mixed with blood and mucus

  • Abdominal lump

  • Stools looks like strawberry jam

  • Mood swings (dozing, getting angry too easily, getting confused, and low energy levels)

  • Stool looks like raspberry jelly

  • Poop looks like strawberry jam

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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, so prompt medical attention is needed. It is associated with certain genetic conditions and growths, but often no clear cause is found.

Symptoms of intussusception

  • Blood in stool

  • Stomach pain and grouchiness comes and goes

  • Blood and mucus mixed with stool like red currant jelly

  • Lump or swelling in the abdomen/stomach

  • Mood swings ( dozing, getting angry too easily, getting confused, and low energy levels)

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for intussusception

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

  • Do you experience intermittent stomach pain and grouchiness?

  • Did you have red, sticky stool resembling strawberry jam or currant jelly?

  • Do you have a lump or swelling in your abdomen?

  • Does pressing on your stomach cause severe pain?

Treatment for intussusception

Emergency medical treatment is required. Options include a water or air enema (performed by a specialist), or surgery. While waiting for procedures, fluids are given through a needle in the vein, and antibiotics may be needed to prevent infection.

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References

  • Jiang J, Jiang B, Parashar U, Nguyen T, Bines J, Patel MM. Childhood intussusception: a literature review. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 22;8(7):e68482. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068482. PMID: 23894308; PMCID: PMC3718796.

    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.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00268-014-2759-9

  • Marinis A, Yiallourou A, Samanides L, Dafnios N, Anastasopoulos G, Vassiliou I, Theodosopoulos T. Intussusception of the bowel in adults: a review. World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Jan 28;15(4):407-11. doi: 10.3748/wjg.15.407. PMID: 19152443; PMCID: PMC2653360.

    https://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/full/v15/i4/407.htm

  • Patsikas MN, Papazoglou LG, Paraskevas GK. Current Views in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Intestinal Intussusception. Top Companion Anim Med. 2019 Dec;37:100360. doi: 10.1016/j.tcam.2019.100360. Epub 2019 Sep 11. PMID: 31837757.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1938973619300972?via%3Dihub

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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