Intussusception secondary to Meckel's diverticulum. A challenging diagnosis in adolescence

J Adolesc Health Care. 1989 Jan;10(1):51-3. doi: 10.1016/0197-0070(89)90048-x.


A 14-year-old male was found to have an intussusception secondary to an invaginating Meckel's diverticulum. He was initially referred for crampy abdominal pain and diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease was suspected. The etiology of most intussusceptions is unknown; however, both in adolescence and adulthood they may be initiated by a lead point. This paper presents, analyzes, and discusses an intussusception caused by a Meckel's diverticulum as a lead point and the difficulty in making a preoperative diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Humans
  • Ileal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Ileal Diseases / etiology
  • Ileal Diseases / surgery
  • Intussusception / diagnosis*
  • Intussusception / etiology
  • Intussusception / surgery
  • Male
  • Meckel Diverticulum / complications*