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Intussusception

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by Alan R
 

Symptoms

The initial symptoms may include:
  • Abdominal pain
    • Usually severe
    • Colicky or cramping
    • Usually comes on suddenly
    • In children, this may be indicated by drawing knees to chest and crying.
  • Vomiting—sometimes yellow or green tinged
  • Stools mixed with mucus and blood—often described as currant jelly
  • Lethargy
Additional symptoms include:
Intussusception cuts off the blood supply to the bowel. If this is not treated quickly, it can lead to bowel gangrene. Gangrene can cause tissue in the intestinal wall to die. This may lead to:
  • Perforation of the intestinal wall
  • Peritonitis—inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity and infection
If not treated quickly, peritonitis can lead to death.
 

RESOURCES

FamilyDoctor.org - American Academy of Family Physicians
http://www.familydoctor.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

About Kids Health
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


Abdominal pain in infants. American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/abdominal/Pages/Abdominal-Pains-in-Infants.aspx. Updated May 11, 2013. Accessed July 17, 2013.


Intussusception. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/intussusception.html. Updated June 2010. Accessed June 27, 2013.


Intussusception. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated June 12, 2013. Accessed July 17, 2013.


Questions and answers about intussusception. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/rotavirus/intussusception-FAQs.htm. Updated June 20, 2013. Accessed July 17, 2013.

 

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