Intussusception in adults: an unusual and challenging condition for surgeons

International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Nazif ErkanAlper Firat Polat


Intestinal intussusception in adults is a rare entity and there is an ongoing controversy regarding the optimal management of this problem. The purpose of this study was to determine the causes and management of intussusception in adults. A retrospective review of patients more than 18 years of age with a diagnosis of intestinal intussusception between January 1996 and December 2003 was conducted. Data related to presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and pathology were analyzed. A total of 13 patients were operated on due to intestinal intussusception. There were 6 men and 7 women with a mean age of 45 years (range 24--61 years). Abdominal pain was the most common presenting complaint (100%). Eight (61.5%) patients presented with acute symptoms and underwent emergency laparotomy. The diagnosis of gastrointestinal intussusception was made preoperatively only in 4 (30.7%) patients by abdominal ultrasonography and computerized tomography. The lead point of intussusception was located in the small intestine in 10 (76.9%) patients, in the colon in 2 (15.4%), and in the ileocecal valve in 1 (7.7%). A pathologic cause for the intussusception was identified in 12 (92.3%) cases and 1 (7.7%) was idiopathic. Of the cases with a defined caus...Continue Reading


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