Intussusception encephalopathy: an underrecognized cause of coma in children

Pediatr Neurol. Nov-Dec 1990;6(6):419-21. doi: 10.1016/0887-8994(90)90012-p.


Intestinal intussusception is a common cause of bowel obstruction in infancy and early childhood. Typically the presenting signs and symptoms are referable to the abdomen. On occasion the most prominent presenting feature is depressed level of consciousness. We describe 3 patients who presented with coma associated with intussusception.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Coma / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ileal Diseases / complications*
  • Ileal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Infant
  • Intestinal Obstruction / complications
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnosis
  • Intussusception / complications*
  • Intussusception / diagnosis
  • Male