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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)

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Intussusception

An intussusception is a medical condition in which a part of the intestine has invaginated into another section of intestine; this leads to a bowel obstruction.  In the scout film below, you can see a “target sign” which is usually only visible on CT scan, in this case is visible in the AP image of the abdomen.

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This child presented with a 2 day history of crampy abdominal pain.

CT scan of “target sign” (link)

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