Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 21–23 | Cite as

Postoperative small-bowel intussusception in children with cancer

  • S. C. Kaste
  • J. Wilimas
  • B. N. Rao


The clinical and imaging features of small-bowel intussusception as a complication of abdominal surgery are not well known. Diagnosis may be delayed because symptoms mimic common postoperative complaints. In pediatric cancer patients, the side effects of chemotherapy and symptoms related to the primary malignancy may also obscure the diagnosis. We report the clinical and radiographic features of eight children undergoing evaluation and treatment for solid tumors who developed small-bowel intussusception following laparotomy. These children represent 2.2% of all children and adolescents who underwent laparotomy at a pediatric cancer research and treatment center during a 13-year period. With prompt diagnosis and intervention, morbidity and mortality from this rare but lifethreatening postoperative complication can be avoided.


Public Health Cancer Patient Cancer Research Solid Tumor Postoperative Complication 
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© Springer-Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Kaste
    • 1
    • 4
  • J. Wilimas
    • 2
    • 5
  • B. N. Rao
    • 3
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic ImagingSt. Jude Children's Research HospitalMemphisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Hematology-OncologySt. Jude Children's Research HospitalMemphisUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgerySt. Jude Children's Research HospitalMemphisUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyUniversity of TennesseeMemphisUSA
  5. 5.Department of PediatricsUniversity of TennesseeMemphisUSA
  6. 6.Department of SurgeryUniversity of TennesseeMemphisUSA

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