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J Pediatr Surg. 2007 May;42(5):845-8.

Laparoscopic versus open reduction of intussusception in children: a single-institution comparative experience.

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Division of General Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8.



The role of laparoscopic surgery in treating intussusception has been controversial. This study reviews our institution's experience with the laparoscopic approach (LAP) compared to the open surgical approach (OPEN).


Retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing surgery for intussusception at our center from January 2002 to February 2006. Statistical assessment included Student's t test and chi2 analysis.


A total of 41 patients required operation for intussusception (18 LAP, 23 OPEN). Mean age was 22 months for LAP and 11 months for OPEN (P = .17). In the LAP group, 28% (5/18) were converted to an open procedure. Operative times and complications were not significantly different. Pathologic lead points were found in 33% (6/18) LAP and 35% (8/23) OPEN patients (P = 1.0). Time to full feeds was significantly shorter (LAP vs OPEN: 3.4 +/- 2.7 vs 5.6 +/- 3.4 days, P = .02). Length of stay was shorter (LAP vs OPEN: 4.8 +/- 3.5 vs 9.1 +/- 7.5 days, P = .03).


Intussusception can be treated safely and effectively using a LAP with a significant decrease in time to full feeds and length of stay. The LAP should be considered as the initial approach for stable patients with intussusception requiring operative intervention.

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