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Intussusception

What is intussusception?

Intussusception is a condition that occurs when part of the intestine slides inside itself, similar to how two parts of a telescope slide together.

What are the effects of intussusception?

Intussusception in children: 

  • Blocks fluid and food from moving through the digestive tract
  • Cuts off the blood supply to the affected part of the intestine, which can cause the tissue to die

What causes intussusception?

The cause of intussusception is not always known. However, there are illnesses that have been shown to cause intussusception, including:

  • Meckel's diverticulum
  • Enteric duplication cyst
  • Pancreatic rest
  • Hemangioma
  • Abdominal injury and operations
  • Tumors
  • Enlarged lymph nodes

Who gets intussusception?

Intussusception is an uncommon disorder that affects children of all ages, especially those under the age of 2.

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