What are the complications associated with intussusception?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: A Alfred Chahine, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Complications associated with intussusception, which rarely occur when the diagnosis is prompt, include the following:

  • Perforation during nonoperative reduction

  • Wound infection

  • Internal hernias and adhesions causing intestinal obstruction

  • Sepsis from undetected peritonitis (major complication from a missed diagnosis)

  • Intestinal hemorrhage

  • Necrosis and bowel perforation

  • Recurrence

With early diagnosis, appropriate fluid resuscitation, and therapy, the mortality rate from intussusception in children is less than 1%. If left untreated, this condition is uniformly fatal in 2-5 days.


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