Pediatric Intussusception

Pediatric Intussusception



Intussusception is a medical emergency. If you believe your child has intussusception you should see your health care professional immediately. This occurs when a part of the intestine slides inside another part then folds into itself like a telescope.

Expanded overview

Intussusception is the most common cause in intestinal blockage affecting children between 3 months and 3 years.  This is rate in newborns, but can occur in older children and teens.


Experts do not know what causes intussusception, but believe this occurs more often if there is a family history. There is a link to other conditions including viral infections, abdominal and/or intestinal tumors and masses, appendicitis, celiac disease, Crohn's disease and parasites.


Common symptoms

  • Sudden, loud crying
  • Sudden, severe abdominal pain

Other symptoms

  • Bloody stool
  • Dehydration
  • Extreem letharge
  • Red, jelly-like stool
  • Sweating
  • Swollen belly
  • Vomiting/vomiting bile

Tests and Diagnosis

  • Abdominal x-ray
  • Lower GI/barium enema
  • Ultrasound
  • Upper GI/barium swallow


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