Intussusception

Illustration of intussusception

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Intussusception is a condition in which part of the intestine (usually the lower part of the small intestine) folds inward and into itself, like a telescope. It can cause swelling, pain, and a complete or partial loss of blood supply to the affected area. If not treated, the affected intestine may burst or die, causing a serious, life-threatening condition. Intussusception is most common in children.

Last Updated: August 1, 2008

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery

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