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Old Feb 11, 2006, 3:24 pm   #21
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That's great Stan, this article discribes it well..............

What Is Intussusception?
Intussusception occurs when one portion of the bowel slides into the next, much like the pieces of a telescope. When this occurs, it creates an obstruction in the bowel, with the walls of the intestines pressing against one another. This, in turn, leads to swelling, inflammation, and decreased blood flow to the intestines involved.

The most common cause of intestinal obstruction in children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years, intussusception:

* occurs most often in children between 5 and 10 months of age (80% occur before a child is 24 months old)
* affects between one and four infants out of 1,000
* is three to four times more common in boys than in girls

Signs and Symptoms
Children with an intussusception have intense abdominal pain, which often begins so suddenly that it causes loud, anguished crying and causes the child to draw the knees up to the chest. The pain is usually intermittent, but recurs and becomes stronger. As the pain subsides, a child with an intussusception may stop crying and seem fine.
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