How is surgical reduction performed in the treatment of intussusception?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: A Alfred Chahine, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Traditional entry into the abdomen is through a right paraumbilical incision. The intussusception is delivered into the wound, and manual reduction is attempted. It is important that the intussusception be milked out of the intussuscipiens.

If manual reduction is not possible or perforation is present, a segmental resection with an end-to-end anastomosis is performed.

Laparoscopy has been added to the surgical armamentarium for intussusception [1, 2] and can be performed in all cases of intussusception.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

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