Published: 2019-04-29

Ileo-ileo-colic intussusception in adults: a rare event causing acute intestinal obstruction

Vishnu Pratap, Pallavi Shambhu, Bhushan Kale, S. Prabhakar


Intussusception is a common finding in children accounting for approximately 25% of all abdominal emergencies in patients below five years of age. This, however, is a rare observation in adults accounting for only 5% of all intussusceptions. Among them, those leading to acute intestinal obstruction are about 1-5%. Diagnosis is based on radiographic findings seen on ultrasonography or CT scan as the presentation in adults is often difficult to diagnose clinically due to the variable presentation. We present here a case of intussusception in a 24 year old male presenting as acute intestinal obstruction. Exploratory laparotomy with resection of the bowel segment was done followed by end to end anastomosis. Post-operative course was uneventful.



Ileo-ileo-colic, Adult intussusception, Acute intestinal obstruction

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