CT Findings of Intussusception in Adults

Akira Furukawa, Michio Yamasaki, Masashi Takahashi, Norihisa Nitta, Toyohiko Tanaka, Shuzo Kanasaki, Kenji Yokoyama, Kiyoshi Murata, Tsutomu Sakamoto

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Intussusception is rare in adults, in contrast to its frequent occurrence in infants. The clinical presentation is variable, consisting mainly of abdominal pain that may be chronic, intermittent, or acute. The classic triad of nausea and vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and an abdominal mass typically present in children with intussusception does not usually appear in adults. This diagnosis is, therefore, rarely included in the differential diagnosis of adult patients with vague abdominal complaints. However, with increasing use of CT scanning in the evaluation of patients with abdominal pain, the diagnosis of intussusception can be readily suggested by the radiologist because of its virtually pathognomonic appearance on CT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-386
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


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