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Intussusception - an intestinal condition Owner Factsheet

Contributor(s): Claire Speight, Jennifer Hamlin

Intussusception is a life-threatening condition where part of the intestine slides into itself. This results in swelling and narrowing of the intestine which blocks passage of food and fluid as well as preventing blood flow to the affected area of the intestine which can result in destruction of the intestinal tissue. Without prompt diagnosis and surgery, this condition is usually lethal.
Image: Abdomen: normal lateral radiograph
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