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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Specialist Medical ReviewerBrad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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