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How long does fussiness associated with intussusception last?

How long does fussiness associated with intussusception last?

Indefinite: The fussiness of intussusception lasts as long as the blockage is ongoing. Once relieved by either enema or surgery, the fussiness will subside. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Fussiness (Definition)

The term "irritability" is used for infants and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at comforting and soothing them. Irritability can be a very early sign of serious problems. Although irritability is not a symptom of any specific illness, it should arouse suspicion in the parent that something might be wrong with the child, even though there may not ...Read more


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Can intussusception be cured?

Can intussusception be cured?

Yes: Treatment can often be as simple as a hydrostatic (water pressure) enema under the guidance of a radiologist.The child is monitored by staff as contrast material is introduced into the bottom thru a tube & visualixed on xray. If successful, the kid is monitored for a time & checked for things that might trigger the problem. Occasionally, surgery will be needed to fix it & look for trigger points. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of intussusception?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intussusception?

What are the tests for intussusception?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition of intussusception?

What is the definition of intussusception?

Bowel obstruction: When bowel telescopes into bowel this is an intussusception. Examples include colon into colon, small bowel into colon or colon into small bowel or small bowel into small bowel. This leads to an intestinal obstruction with symptoms of pain, vomiting and currant jelly stools or blood in the stools. ...Read more

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What options are there for intussusception?

What options are there for intussusception?

See full answer: The most common type of intussusception occur near the junction of the small intestine and colon (eg ileocecal junction). After the diagnosis is confirmed, if the child does not have peritonitis, then the usual first line therapy is to attempt radiographic reduction. If this is not successful, then surgery is required. ...Read more

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Any treatment advice on intussusception?

Any treatment advice on intussusception?

Depends: Intussuception can be treated by using a hydrostatic enema with xray or ultrasound guidance. Sometimes surgery is needed. ...Read more

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What is the result of xray in intussusception?

What is the result of xray in intussusception?

Barium enema: Intussusception is when the small intestine telescopes into the large intestine. It can cause pain, cramping, lethargy, and bloody stools. A barium or air contrast enema administered in a hospital can often reduce it and avoid surgery. This works about 75% of the time. In some instances surgery is needed to reduce the defect and in rare instances a bowel resection may be required. ...Read more

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Intussusception of abdomen, will it heal itself over time?

Intussusception of abdomen, will it heal itself over time?

Not usually : The intestine may move in and out a bit, but if truly intussuscepted and necrotic , surgery will be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Federico Seifarth
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Intussusception (Definition)

Intussusception is a condition where the bowel telescopes on itself. It occurs in 0.07% of infants and is most common between 4 - 9 months of age. It produces signs and symptoms of bowel blockage - Vomiting (in 81%), Bloody poos (in 61%) and abdominal pain (59%). The poos are sometimes said to look like red currant jelly. Ultrasound confirms the diagnosis. Treatment: ...Read more


Fussy (Definition)

A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, ...Read more