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Postoperative intussusception in children

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Background: Postoperative intussusception is an uncommon and sometimes forgotten cause of postoperative intestinal obstruction in children.

Methods: Eleven consecutive cases of postoperative intussusception during a period of 16 years (1981–1997) were analysed retrospectively.

Results: Symptoms developed after a median period of 5 days after operation. With one exception, postoperative intussusception was not diagnosed before reoperation. In ten of the 11 cases the intussusception was successfully treated with intraoperative manual reduction.

Conclusion: Postoperative intussusception is a rare but typical complication in the paediatric age group and should be kept in mind.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Paediatric Surgical Centre Amsterdam, Emma Children's Hospital AMC, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2: University Hospital Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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