Indian Journal of Surgery

, Volume 81, Issue 4, pp 379–382 | Cite as

Intussusceptions in Children

  • Bindey KumarEmail author
  • Manish Kumar
  • Amit Kumar Sinha
  • Utpal Anand
  • Anil Kumar
Review Article


Intussusception is a common abdominal emergency in children less than 3 years of age. Myriad and nonspecific presentation of this clinical entity makes diagnosis challenging. High degree of clinical suspicion in suggestive settings along with astute imaging facilitates prompt identification and management. Nonsurgical reduction is the preferred modality; however, surgery is indicated in the presence of perforation or shock. This article reviews presentation, diagnostic, and therapeutic options for intussusceptions.


Intussusception Intussusceptum Intussuscepiens Perforation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paediatric SurgeryAIIMS PatnaPatnaIndia
  2. 2.Paediatric MedicineAIIMS RishikeshRishikeshIndia
  3. 3.Gastro-Intestinal SurgeryAIIMS PatnaPatnaIndia
  4. 4.General SurgeryAIIMS PatnaPatnaIndia

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