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Adv Ther. 2006 Jan-Feb;23(1):163-8.

Adult ileal intussusception: an unusual emergency condition.

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Department of General Surgery, Gazi University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey.


Adult intussusception occurs infrequently and differs from the childhood condition in its presentation, cause, and treatment. Nonspecific symptoms can delay diagnosis; most cases are diagnosed at emergency laparotomy. Increased use of computed tomographic scanning to evaluate patients with abdominal pain can enhance reliable preoperative diagnosis. Treatment entails simple bowel resection in most cases. Reduction is controversial, especially in cases of colonic intussusception. This report describes the diagnosis and management of a case of adult ileal intussusception caused by an inflammatory fibroid polyp-a rare lesion of the gastrointestinal tract.

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