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What are the tests for intussusception?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Rectal bleeding: Classic hallmarks of intussusception in a child are abdominal pain, lethargy and rectal bleeding (currant jelly stools). It is diagnosed with an air-contrast or barium enema. This xray study makes the diagnosis and in 80% of cases also cures the disease by reducing the intussusception.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Rectal bleeding: Classic hallmarks of intussusception in a child are abdominal pain, lethargy and rectal bleeding (currant jelly stools). It is diagnosed with an air-contrast or barium enema. This xray study makes the diagnosis and in 80% of cases also cures the disease by reducing the intussusception.
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 35 years experience
I agree with Dr Reyna's excellent and authoritative response. However, adults can also get intussusception . In those cases the most important question is whether there is a tumor that is driving the process. Adults often get the diagnosis by CT scan and treatment may be surgical.
Aug 15, 2012
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Ultrasound and enema: Ultrasound can locate the mass of intussusception with characteristic sonographic finding, target or doughnut sign.This usually ileocolic intussusception where distal small bowel,ileum,telescopes into large bowel. Usually diagnostic enema performed for confirmation and therapeutic reduction to avoid surgery. Sometimes intussusception detected on CT exam.

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What is intussusceptions?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
A gut blockage: Intussusception means when one part of the bowel slides into another part. This is much like a telescope slides into itself. When this happens a blockage in the bowel occurs, with the walls of the intestines pressing against one another. When this happens, the gut walls swells and decreased blood flow to the part of the intestines happens - a serious medical condition that may need surgery.

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