Intussusception is a condition in which part of the intestine (usually the lower part of the small intestine) folds inward and into itself, like a telescope. It can cause swelling, pain, and a complete or partial loss of blood supply to the affected area. If not treated, the affected intestine may burst or die, causing a serious, life-threatening condition. Intussusception is most common in children.
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine
Medical Review:John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine