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 654 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Complete transmural migration of a retained surgical sponge: an atypical case in image mimicking intussusception: A case report.
 

Author(s): Yu Zhou, Ping Chen, Tang Qiao, Yi-Feng Chen, Liang Zong

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Oct;96(42):e8246.

 

Intraluminal migration of a retained surgical sponge causing intestinal obstruction and fistula is extremely rare occurrence.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Baseline incidence of intussusception in early childhood before rotavirus vaccine introduction, the Netherlands, January 2008 to December 2012.
 

Author(s): Kartini Gadroen, Jeanet M Kemmeren, Patricia Cj Bruijning-Verhagen, Sabine Mjm Straus, Daniel Weibel, Hester E de Melker, Miriam Cjm Sturkenboom

Journal: Euro Surveill.. 2017 Jun;22(25):.

 

Intussusception is a rare, potentially life-threatening condition in early childhood. It gained attention due to an unexpected association with the first rotavirus vaccine, RotaShield, which was subsequently withdrawn from the market. Across Europe, broad variations in intussusception ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Gastroduodenal Intussusception with a Gastric Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Treated by Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection.
 

Author(s): Kenji Yamauchi, Masaya Iwamuro, Eiji Ishii, Makoto Narita, Nobuto Hirata, Hiroyuki Okada

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2017 ;56(12):1515-1519.

 

A 95-year-old Japanese woman presented to our hospital with intermittent vomiting and several episodes of melena. Abdominal computed tomography revealed intussusception of the gastric tumor into the duodenum. After endoscopic reduction, endoscopic ultrasonography identified a hypoechogenic ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Intussusception" returned 49 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Small bowel intussusception from renal cell carcinoma metastasis: a case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Gabriele Bellio, Tommaso Cipolat Mis, Gladiola Kaso, Roberto Dattola, Biagio Casagranda, Marina Bortul

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Renal cell carcinoma is the most frequent malignant neoplasia of the kidney accounting for 90 % of all renal solid tumors. Metastases from renal cell carcinoma are rarely located in the small bowel and generally their clinical presentation includes bleeding and obstruction. Intussusception ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Rotavirus vaccination and intussusception - Science, surveillance, and safety: A review of evidence and recommendations for future research priorities in low and middle income countries.
 

Author(s): Catherine Yen, Kelly Healy, Jacqueline E Tate, Umesh D Parashar, Julie Bines, Kathleen Neuzil, Mathuram Santosham, A Duncan Steele

Journal: Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2016 10;12(10):2580-2589.

 

As of January 2016, 80 countries have introduced rotavirus vaccines into their national immunization programs. Many have documented significant declines in rotavirus-specific and all-cause diarrheal illnesses following vaccine introduction. Two globally licensed rotavirus vaccines ...

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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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