Who is affected by intussusception?

Intussusception mainly occurs in young children. Among children who get intussusception, about 80 out of 100 of them are younger than 2 years of age. Most new cases occur among babies 4 months to 9 months of age.1 It is more common in boys than in girls.

The cause of intussusception is often unknown in children who are younger than 5 years of age. Children older than age 5 are more likely than younger children to have some other condition that leads to intussusception, such as polyps.

Citations

  1. Keating JP (2006). Intussusception. In FD Burg et al., eds., Current Pediatric Therapy, 18th ed., pp. 544–547. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.

Last Updated: August 1, 2008

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

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

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