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Waseem, Muhammad MD*; Rosenberg, Henrietta Kotlus MD†‡

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31818c2a3e
Review Article

Intussusception is the most common cause of intestinal obstruction in children between 3 months and 6 years. Intussusception occurs when a more proximal portion of bowel invaginates into more distal bowel. These patients often present with a wide range of non-specific symptoms, with less than one quarter presenting with the classic triad of vomiting, abdominal pain, and bloody stools. Thus, the diagnosis continues to rely on clinical suspicion. This review article discusses the clinical presentation of intussusception and the state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment options, as well as a review of the pertinent literature.

*Department of Emergency Medicine, Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center, Bronx; †The Mt. Sinai Medical Center; and ‡Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Muhammad Waseem, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center, 234 East 149th St, Bronx, NY 10451. E-mail:

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