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J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1997 Mar;24(3):253-6.

Intussusception: a 9-year survey (1986-1995).

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Paediatric Division, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel.



Acute intussusception has different clinical features in various parts of the world. The goal of this study was to determine the clinical presentation in different ethnic groups in Israel.


A retrospective chart review of a 9-year period (1985-1995) was carried out at a university medical center. Data extracted included age, sex, ethnic origin, presenting symptoms and signs, the type of enema (barium or air), and the success rate of non-surgical reduction of the intussusception.


Ninety patients suffering from intestinal obstruction due to acute intussusception were admitted. The triad of intermittent screaming attacks, lethargy, and vomiting was observed in 37.5% of study subjects. The majority of patients were admitted during the warmer months of the year. The average age of the patients was 7.8 +/- 3.7 months; 70% of them were between the ages of 4 and 9 months and 92.5% under 1 year of age. The female-to-male ratio was 1:2.1. Air enema was superior to the barium enema in achieving reduction (p < 0.01). The incidence in the Jewish population was similar to that observed in other surveys, and twice that found in the Arab population in our region (p < 0.05).


The overall clinical presentation of acute intussusception found in our study does not differ from other studies. The lower incidence of acute intussusception found in the Arab population can be explained by ethnic, genetic, or nutritional factors.

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