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Korean J Pediatr. 2008 May;51(5):500-505. Korean. Original Article.
Heo JS , Seo EM , Shim EJ , Cho DJ , Kim DH , Min KS , Yoo KY , Lee KS .
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea. hjs3310@naver.com
Abstract

Purpose: We analyzed the clinical features, management and outcome of small bowel intussusception in children compared with ileocolic intussusception. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 210 children with documented intussusception, in whom intussusception was initially diagnosed by ultrasonography during the four-year period of 2002 to 2005. Results: A total of 191 children were diagnosed with ileocolic intussusception and 19 were diagnosed with small bowel intussusception. Children with small bowel intussusception were older than children with ileocolic intussusception (P<0.05). In comparison to patients with ileocolic intussusception the characteristic presenting symptoms-such as currant jelly stool and palpable mass-were rarely observed in patients with small bowel intussusception. In ileocolic intussusception, air reduction (92.2%), or surgical reduction (7.3%) was performed; however, in small bowel intussusception, spontaneous reduction (78.9%) was observed and no surgical reduction was required in our study. Conclusion: Conservative management with close observation and follow-up sonographic evaluation rather than an immediate operation is recommended for children with small bowel intussusception.

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