Intussusception in Children - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on Oct 21, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for child intussusception?

You may consult a pediatric surgeon or gastrointestinal surgeon.

2. Why is rapid diagnosis of intussusception important?

Yes. Because, if not diagnosed and treated early it can lead to complications like rupture of bowel, gangrene, peritonitis, sepsis and shock.

3. My baby had intussusceptions. Should my baby have the rotavirus vaccine?

No. Rotavirus vaccine should not be given to a baby who has had intussusceptions in the past because there is a risk that intussusception could occur again.

4. Is it necessary to operate when there is intussusception?

Only if non-surgical procedures like barium enema fails or if the child has had more than 3 intussusceptions.

5. What is a telescoping intestine?

When one part of the intestine goes into the adjacent part just like a collapsible telescope.

6. Can you die from intussusception?

Yes, death can occur when symptoms worsen when the intussusception is left untreated. Cause of the death is irreversible tissue damage, infection and shock.

7. What should I do if I suspect intussusception?

Visit the emergency department of the hospital as soon as possible.

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