Intussusception - rare but serious disorder in which part of either the small intestine or colon collapses into another part of the intestine, causing blockage along the digestive tract and preventing food, fluid or blood from passing through.

Intussusception Causes

Underlying medical conditions sometimes cause intussusception. But, in many cases, doctors can't determine the exact cause. In some cases, viral infection or a growth in the intestine, such as a polyp, lymph node or tumor, may trigger Intussusception.

Intussusception Symptoms

Intussusception is common in children who typically exhibit these symptoms

Adults intussusception is rare, but it typically shows itself in similar ways. The symptoms of intussusception are common to many other digestive problems and diseases, so don't rush to conclusions, but do consult with a medical professional who specializes in diagnosis of digestive problems.

Intussusception Diagnosis

Doctors typically perform a physical exam and ask about symptoms. If the doctor suspects Intussusception, he may order blood and urine tests, as well as a fecal occult blood test, which checks for blood in stool (Hematochezia).

The doctor may also prescribe imagine tests:

Intussusception Treatment

Emergency medical care is required to treat Intussusception to avoid severe blockage, dehydration and shock, as well as prevent infection that can occur when a portion of intestine dies due to lack of blood. First aid will be to stabilize body fluid balances and breathing. Surgery is often necessary to repair the damaged tissues.

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