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Intern Med. 2012;51(18):2545-9. Epub 2012 Sep 15.

Adult intussusception caused by Yersinia enterocolitica enterocolitis.

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The 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Osaka Medical College, Japan.


Yersinia enterocolitica (YE) infection is a rare cause of intestinal intussusception, especially in adults. We herein, report a case of adult intussusception due to YE enterocolitis. A 24-year-old woman was admitted because of severe abdominal pain. She was clinically diagnosed with ileocolic intussusception on the basis of the findings of computed tomography (CT) and a gastrografin enema. Manual surgical reduction was sufficient to alleviate the intussusception. A histological examination of the lymph nodes around the ileocecum excluded lymphoma. Serological testing revealed that the cause of the intussusception was a YE infection. The patient's postoperative course was good and no recurrence was seen during the follow-up.

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