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Chirurgia 2012 October;25(5):371-3

language: English

Postoperative intussusception in children. A single center experience

Vacic N., Krstic M., Kostic A., Bojanovic M.

Clinic for Pediatric Surgery, Clinical Centre Nis, Serbia


Postoperative intus-susceptions (POI) are rare cause of postoperative mechanical bowel obstruction in pediatric population, and can be seen after huge variety of surgical procedures. The incidence is 1 on 200 to 1000 pediatric laparotomies. We report two children for the period of ten years, primarily not operated for instussusception. Both patients were boys; median age 6.5 years (5 and 8). Symptoms and signs of bowel obstruction appeared after a median of 6.5 days (5 and 8). Both children suffered repeated laparotomy for the intussusception and treated successfully by manual reduction, without appearance of neither intraoperative nor postoperative complications. We conclude that POI is a rare cause of postoperative mechanical bowel obstruction and is to be thought about in every laparotomised child with postoperative abdominal cramps and signs of bowel obstruction.

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