Intussusception in adults

Acta Chir Belg. 2006 Jul-Aug;106(4):409-12. doi: 10.1080/00015458.2006.11679917.


To review clinical, radiological and histopathological findings of adult intussusception and its management, 18 adult patients who had been treated surgically because of intussusception were reviewed. Of the patients, 5 (27.8%) had idiopathic intussusceptions, while the other 13 (72.2%) had a definable intraluminal pathology. The site of the intussusception was more common in the small bowel (83.3%) than the colon (16.7%). Ultrasonography and computed tomography were successful in demonstrating "target lesion" in 80% and 75% respectively. Patients with idiopathic intussusception were treated with simple reduction, while the others underwent segmental resection because of the possibility of malignant tumour. In contrast to intussusception in childhood, intussusception in adults usually has a definable lead point and resection of the involved bowel, rather than simple reduction, is indicated.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Colonic Diseases / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ileal Diseases / surgery
  • Ileocecal Valve / surgery
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Intestinal Polyps / surgery
  • Intussusception / diagnostic imaging
  • Intussusception / surgery*
  • Jejunal Diseases / surgery
  • Lipoma / surgery
  • Lymphoma / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography