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An atypical presentation of adult ileocolic intussusception

Authors Udeh EI, Calistus Okwudili A, Dakum NK, Ohayi SAR, Ayogu BO, Co M

Published 9 December 2010 Volume 2010:3 Pages 143—145


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Emeka I Udeh1, Callistus O Amu1, Nuhu K Dakum2, Samuel A R Ohayi1, Benjamin O Ayogu1, Chukwudi O Madu1
1Enugu State University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Park Lane, Enugu State; 2Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

Abstract: Adult intussusception is a rare condition usually associated with a lead point. However, 8%–20% of cases are idiopathic. We describe here the case of a 56-year-old Nigerian male who presented to the accident and emergency unit with features of acute intestinal obstruction. The findings at laparotomy were ileocolic intussusception without a lead point. A segment of the terminal ileum was nonviable. A right hemicolectomy with ileocolic anastomosis was performed, and the resulting specimen sent for histologic examination which confirmed no extra- or intraluminal lesion. Two years of postoperative evaluation was normal. This report further reiterates the fact that adult intussusception could be idiopathic (without a lead point) and could present as acute intestinal obstruction. Early recognition is necessary to facilitate timely intervention before the onset of gangrene, so as to improve prognosis.

Keywords: atypical presentation, adult, ileocolic, intussusception

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