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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
  • Inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity and infection—peritonitis
If not treated quickly, peritonitis can lead to death.
 

RESOURCES

Family Doctor—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 Healthy Children website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/abdominal/Pages/Abdominal-Pains-in-Infants.aspx. Updated March 28, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2014.


Intussusception. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/intussusception.html. Updated March 2014. Accessed August 12, 2014.


Intussusception. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 12, 2013. Accessed August 12, 2014.


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 April 8, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2014.

 

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