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- Age: it is the most common cause of obstruction in children 3 months to 6 years old, but the majority are younger than 24 months
- Season: more common during respiratory and gastrointestinal virus seasons
- Sex: male
- Medical conditions in the list above
- Usually severe
- Colicky or cramping
- Usually comes on suddenly
- In children, this may be indicated by drawing knees to chest and crying
- Vomiting—sometimes yellow or green tinged
- Stools mixed with mucus and blood—often described as currant jelly
- Perforation of the intestinal wall
- Inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity and infection—peritonitis
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Abdominal pain in infants. American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/abdominal/Pages/Abdominal-Pains-in-Infants.aspx. Updated March 28, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2014.
Intussusception. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/intussusception.html. Updated March 2014. Accessed August 12, 2014.
Intussusception. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 12, 2013. Accessed August 12, 2014.
Questions and answers about intussusception. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/rotavirus/intussusception-FAQs.htm. Updated April 8, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2014.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -