Send to

Choose Destination
Int J Surg Case Rep. 2012;3(8):382-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2012.03.035. Epub 2012 Apr 17.

Ileocolic intussusception due to giant ileal lipoma: Review of literature and report of a case.

Author information

General Surgery Department, Príncipe de Asturias Hospital, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain.



Intussusception in adults accounts for less than 5% of all intussusceptions. It occurs when a segment of intestine invaginates into itself.


We report a case of ileocolic intussusception in an adult caused by a giant ileal lipoma.


Intussusceptions can be classified as ileocolic, ileocecal, colo-colic and ileo-ileal. Most are due to neoplasms (60% malign and 24-40% benign). In the colon, the possibility of malignancy is higher than in small intestine. Lipomas are the most common benign mesenchymal intestinal tumors, accounting for less than 5% of all gastrointestinal tumors. They are more frequent in colon than small intestine. Small lipomas (less than 2cm) are usually asymptomatic. Larger lesions may produce symptoms such as abdominal pain, obstruction or intussusception. Lipomas can be diagnosed with endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, barium enemas, CT and US.


Intussusceptions in adults is a rare condition, most of them are caused by a malign neoplasms followed by benign neoplasms. US and CT are useful for diagnosis. Surgery is mandatory.

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center