How is intussusception diagnosed?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: A Alfred Chahine, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Imaging studies used in the diagnosis of intussusception include the following:

  • Radiography: Plain abdominal radiography reveals signs that suggest intussusception in only 60% of cases

  • Ultrasonography: Hallmarks of ultrasonography include the target and pseudokidney signs

  • Contrast enema: This is the traditional and most reliable way to make the diagnosis of intussusception in children

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