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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.

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Citations

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

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
Last Revised July 16, 2010

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Last Updated: July 16, 2010
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