Intussusception (medical disorder): Difference between revisions

The condition is not usually immediately life-threatening. The intussusception can be treated with either a barium or water-soluble contrast [[enema]] or an air-contrast enema, which both confirms the diagnosis of intussusception, and in most cases successfully reduces it.<ref name="LMCC">Chowdhury SH, Cozma AI, Chowdhury JH. Abdominal Pain in Pediatrics. Essentials for the Canadian Medical Liscensing Exam: Review and Prep for MCCQE Part I. 2nd edition. Wolters Kluwer. Hong Kong. 2017.</ref> The success rate is over 80%. However, approximately 5–10% of these recur within 24 hours.{{Citation needed|date=January 2010}}
Cases where it cannot be reduced by an enema or the intestine is damaged require surgical reduction. In a surgical reduction, the surgeon opens the abdomen and manually squeezes (rather than pulls) the part that has telescoped. If the surgeon cannot successfully reduce it, or the bowel is damaged, they [[Segmental resection|resect]] the affected section. More often, the intussusception can be reduced by [[laparoscopy]], pulling the segments of intestine apart with forceps.{{Citation needed|date=January 2010}}