Intussusception

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Intussusception

Intussusception is a condition in which a portion of an individual’s intestine slides into another part of the intestine. It is an extremely severe condition, and needs to be treated by a medical professional immediately. When the section of intestine slides back, there is a risk of losing blood flow to the area, infection, and even death of the intestinal tissue.

Intussusception is typically seen in children below the age of three. However, it is possible for adults to have this condition as well but it is usually related to an underlying medical condition. Common symptoms of intussusception may include severe abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, and stool mixed with blood and mucus. Your doctor usually is able to diagnose the condition with the combination of feeling the abdominal area and the use of an ultrasound exam.

An intussusception can be treated in a number of ways. The most common treatment option is the use of an air or barium enema. An enema is an injection of liquid or air into the intestine. Enemas are typically used to treat the symptoms of constipation. The enema treatment is generally able to fix the condition. However, for more serious cases, surgical treatments are also available. There is also a risk that an intussusception may recur after the initial treatment.

The official cause for this condition is unknown, however intussusception can be linked with the presence of tumors or polyps in the intestine. Additionally, there is speculation that some viruses may cause the condition as well. If you believe you or your child, may have an intussusception, contact your doctor immediately to discuss the most current treatment options.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Intussusception" returned 684 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Laparoscopic segmental resection of the rectum for upper rectal intussusception caused by a giant rectal lipoma: A case report.
 

Author(s): Ran Wei, Wei Xu, Yuhong Xiao, Fei Zeng, Shengxun Mao

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Sep;97(39):e12272.

 

Colonic lipomas are rare benign tumours, usually without any symptoms, and most occur in the caecum and ascending colon. We describe a patient with upper rectal intussusception caused by a giant rectal lipoma; no similar report of this type of case has been published.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Intussusception after Rotavirus Vaccination in Africa.
 

Author(s): Jacqueline E Tate, Jason M Mwenda, Umesh D Parashar

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2018 09;379(13):1288-1289.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Gastrointestinal hemorrhage caused by adult intussusception secondary to small intestinal tumors: Two case reports.
 

Author(s): Zhongmin Li, Mingze Sun, Bin Song, Zhenbo Shu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(34):e12053.

 

Adult intussusception is rarely observed, and the clinical manifestations are very atypical. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, while the incidence of hematochezia is relatively low. We report two cases of adult intussusception secondary to small intestinal tumors with gastrointestinal ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Intussusception" returned 54 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Multiple Lymphomatous Polyposis of the Intestine with Ileocecal Intussusception Due to Mantle Cell Lymphoma: A Case Report of a 34-Year-Old Man.
 

Author(s): Chuan-Gao Xie, Xiao-Ming Xu, Shu-Mei Wei

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BACKGROUND Multiple lymphomatous polyposis of the gastrointestinal tract can be associated with the B-cell lymphoma variant, mantle cell lymphoma, with most cases having been described in patients who are more than 50 years-of-age. A rare case of multiple lymphomatous polyposis due ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A CARE-compliant article: a case of retrograde intussusception with Uncut-Roux-en-Y anastomosis after radical total gastrectomy: Review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Youxin Zhou, Fengfeng Wang, Yong Ji, Jian Lv

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(48):e8982.

 

Postoperative intussusception is an unusual clinical entity and is rarely encountered as a complication following gastrectomy, especially radical total gastrectomy.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Abdominal Hernias, Giant Colon Diverticulum, GIST, Intestinal Pneumatosis, Colon Ischemia, Cold Intussusception, Gallstone Ileus, and Foreign Bodies: Our Experience and Literature Review of Incidental Gastrointestinal MDCT Findings.
 

Author(s): G Di Grezia, G Gatta, R Rella, D Donatello, G Falco, R Grassi, R Grassi

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2017 ;2017():5716835.

 

Incidental gastrointestinal findings are commonly detected on MDCT exams performed for various medical indications. This review describes the radiological MDCT spectrum of appearances already present in the past literature and in today's experience of several gastrointestinal acute ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Last Updated: 27 Jan 2018

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Point-of-Care Ultrasonography for Intussusception
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Intussusception; Emergencies

 

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2017

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Last Updated: 12 May 2016

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