What is the outcome?
After x ray reduction the intussusception can come back in 10-20%. Even after open surgery there is a 5% chance for recurrence. In the long term there may be bowel obstruction in 10% of children due to adhesions; In this, the bowel gets stuck inside the tummy and a blockage results. The parents need to watch out for, pain, vomiting and tummy distension. If these happen, an x-ray is required to look for obstruction. Surgery may be required to correct this.