Published: 2019-09-26

Adult intussusception as rare anomaly: case reports and management

Kirti Savyasacchi Goyal, Tejinder Pal Singh Sodhi, Maneshwar Singh Utaal, Nitish Dhawan, Mani Garg


Adult intussusception occurs infrequently and differs from childhood intussusception in its presentation, aetiology, and treatment. Diagnosis can be delayed because of its longstanding, intermittent, and non-specific symptoms and most cases are diagnosed at emergency surgery. Use of computed tomography in the evaluation of patients with abdominal pain, the condition can be diagnosed more reliably. Treatment entails simple bowel resection in most cases. Reduction of the intussusception before resection is controversial. Laparoscopic management has been reported to be a safe and feasible option regardless of the etiology. This paper presents the diagnosis and management of two cases of adult intussusception, their presentation and management.


Intussusception, Laparoroscopic approach, Taget sign

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