Intussusception may be a condition which will cause severe belly pain. It happens when one part of the intestine slides into another part of the intestine. Intussusception can happen with either the small or large intestine.
When one part of the intestine slides into another, it causes a blockage. When the intestine is blocked, air, fluid, and food get stuck. They cannot move through the intestine the way they normally would. This causes symptoms.
Symptoms usually start suddenly. They’ll include:
Some children with intussusception have only one or 2 of these symptoms. Other children with alittle intussusception do not have any symptoms, although this is uncommon. Their Gastroenterologist might find that they have an intussusception when the child has a test for one more reason. Children who haven’t any symptoms may not need treatment.
Yes. Call your child’s Gastroenterologist immediately if your child has symptoms of an intussusception.
Yes. The Gastroenterologist will ask about your child’s symptoms and do an exam. He or she’s going to do an imaging test of the belly, like an X-ray or ultrasound. Imaging tests create pictures of the inside of the body.
The Gastroenterologist will do some things to treat your child’s intussusception.
First, he or she’s going to probably give your child fluids through a thin tube that goes into a vein, called an “IV.”
Then, the Gastroenterologist will fix the intussusception. There are alternative ways to do this. They include:
Some children will get a “nasogastric tube.” This is a tube that goes into the nose, down the esophagus, and into the stomach. The tube will suck up the fluid and air in the stomach. This can help your child feel better and keep him or her from vomiting.