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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 328
Intussusception: A disease with usually delayed presentation

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Date of Web Publication11-Jan-2012

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Intussusception: A disease with usually delayed presentation. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2011;8:328

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Intussusception: A disease with usually delayed presentation. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Apr 1];8:328. Available from:

The problem of delayed presentation in case with intussusceptions was well presented in the recent report by Ekenze and Mgbor. [1] In this report, [1] 85.4% of the cases lately presented to the physician after 24 hours of onset. Here, the authors would like to share the experience on the same topic from Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia. A summarisation review on the published data on 273 intussusceptions in Thai paediatric patients from 5 main reports [2],[3],[4],[5],[6] was performed. Based on the data from cases in published papers, no cases presented to the physician within the first 24 hours of illness (average period = 2.4 ± 1.2 days). It can be seen that the problem of delayed presentation can also be seen in Thailand as well. In any country with the problem of resource limiting, the delayed presentation of paediatric intussusceptions as well as other paediatric surgical emergencies can be expected and this can be a cause of the remained high morbidity and mortality at presented.

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1.Ekenze SO, Mgbor SO. Childhood intussusception: The implications of delayed presentation. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2011;8:15-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Tungbunjerdsuk K. Intussusception in maternal and child hospital, Nakornsawan. Reg 6 Med J 1992;6:205-10.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Chotinaruemol S, Wongsawasdi L. Pediatric intussusception in Maharaj Nakorn Chiangmai Hospital. Chaing Mai Med Bull 1986;25:174.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Singcharoen T, Chotinaruemol S, Wongsawasdi L, Sirivanichai C. Intussusception in Chiangmai University Hospital. Thai J Radiol 1987;24:45-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Niramis R, Watanatittan S, Havanonda S. Intussusception in infancy and childhood. Bull Dep Med Serv 1987;9:275-86.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Chadrarakamol W, Kitisin P, Chittpratima K. Intussusception in infancy and childhood in Chulalongkorn Hospital: An eleven-year survey of 49 cases 2499-2509. Chula Med J 1967;12:28-43.  Back to cited text no. 6

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Somsri Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok 10160
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.91664

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