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J Biomed Res. 2012 Jan;26(1):66-8. doi: 10.1016/S1674-8301(12)60009-8.

Postoperative intussusception in infants and children: a report of seven cases.

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Department of Neonatal Surgery, Nanjing Children's Hospital Affiliated with Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210029, China.


Postoperative intussusception is an uncommon but serious condition in infants and children. Here, we report seven cases of postoperative intussusception in infants and children who were seen at our institution over the last 13 y. The patients showed increased nasogastric drainage, vomiting, lack of stool, and/or growing abdominal distension 2 to 9 d following abdominal surgery. Manual reduction was successful in five cases. In two cases, necrosis was found and intestinal resection and anastomosis were carried out. No recurrence was observed at six months of follow-up. Postoperative intussusception should be suspected in pediatric surgical patients who showed signs of intestinal obstruction in the early postoperative period.


children; infants; intestinal obstruction; postoperative intussusception

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