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Imagine you're holding a telescope. When you twist it one way, it extends fully. When you twist it back, the sections slide inside each other, making it smaller.

Your intestines are long and tube-shaped as well. But unlike a telescope, the sections are meant to stay extended. When one part of your intestine slides inside another, it causes a painful disorder called intussusception.

Intussusception can be a life-threatening condition. When one part of the intestine slides into another, food can't pass through. Blood can't get to the area either, which can cause a tear in the bowel, infection, and internal bleeding.

From: What Is Intussusception? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: "Intussusception."

KidsHealth from Nemours: "Intussusception."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Intussusception."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Intussusception."

KidsHealth from Nemours: "Intussusception."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Intussusception."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

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