Intussusception- Barium enema

Intussusception is one of the most common causes of acute abdomen in infancy. Intussusception occurs when a portion of the digestive tract becomes telescoped into the adjacent bowel segment. This condition usually occurs in children between 6 months and 2 years of age. In this age group, intussusception is idiopathic in almost all cases. The vast majority of childhood cases of intussusception are ileocolic; that is, the ileum becomes telescoped into the colon. In the past, intussusception was a severe condition with high morbidity and mortality rates. Currently, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment lead to a favorable outcome in most cases.(from radiographics – link)

Image from Anatomybox.  Coiled spring sign visible.

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