Postoperative intussusception in children

Authors

  • S. de Vries,

    1. Paediatric Surgical Centre Amsterdam, Emma Children's Hospital AMC, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Dr C. Sleeboom,

    Corresponding author
    1. University Hospital Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Paediatric Surgical Centre Amsterdam, University Hospital Vrije Universiteit, PO Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • D. C. Aronson

    1. Paediatric Surgical Centre Amsterdam, Emma Children's Hospital AMC, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Abstract

Background:

Postoperative intussusception is an uncommon and sometimes forgotten cause of postoperative intestinal obstruction in children.

Methods:

Eleven consecutive cases of postoperative intussusception during a period of 16 years (1981–1997) were analysed retrospectively.

Results:

Symptoms developed after a median period of 5 days after operation. With one exception, postoperative intussusception was not diagnosed before reoperation. In ten of the 11 cases the intussusception was successfully treated with intraoperative manual reduction.

Conclusion:

Postoperative intussusception is a rare but typical complication in the paediatric age group and should be kept in mind. © 1999 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd

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