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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-90

Intussusception in children: Comparison between ultrasound diagnosis and operation findings in a tropical developing country

1 Department of Surgery, Paediatric Surgery Unit, Calabar, Nigeria
2 Department of Radiology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria

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Usang E Usang
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.115029

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Background: Intussusception is one of the more common causes of intestinal obstruction in children. The diagnosis may be based mainly on clinical features; however, there are no classic signs and symptoms that are common to all cases. This study reports our experience at US diagnosis and operation findings of children with intussusceptions in a tropical developing economy. Materials and Methods: This was an 8 years retrospective review of intussusceptions in children in a tertiary health facility in a tropical developing country from January 2004 to December 2011. Results: Twenty-five out of 41 children (M:F = 2.2:1) admitted with intussusceptions within the period were studied. The median age was 6.0 ± 5.57 months (range 3 months- 7 years). US positively diagnosed intussusceptions in 20 (80%) cases. Conclusion: US can increase diagnostic confidence in intussusceptions.

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