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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Specialist Medical ReviewerBrad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery