European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 171, Issue 4, pp 725–727 | Cite as

Intussusception in an extremely premature infant following bacterial sepsis

  • Yoshio ShimaEmail author
  • Sakae Kumasaka
  • Kentaro Yashiro
  • Mizue Nakajima
  • Makoto Migita
Short Communication


Intussusception occurring in premature infants is exceedingly rare and shows substantially different characteristics from that in the typical age group or non-premature neonates. We present a case of intussusception in an extremely premature infant following bacterial sepsis, in which necrotizing enterocolitis was initially suspected. The correct diagnosis was made at 35 days old using abdominal ultrasonography, but the general condition of the infant had deteriorated to the point where surgery could not be performed. The patient died of multiple organ failure, and autopsy revealed ileo-ileal intussusception without a recognizable anatomical leading point. Possible mechanisms for this rare clinical entity are discussed.


Intussusception Septic shock 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshio Shima
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sakae Kumasaka
    • 2
  • Kentaro Yashiro
    • 1
  • Mizue Nakajima
    • 2
  • Makoto Migita
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsNippon Medical SchoolTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsJapanese Red Cross Katsushika Maternity HospitalTokyoJapan

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