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Ileocolic Intussusception

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Anatomy: Gastrointestinal
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Infectious-Inflammatory
Created: over 11 years ago
Updated: over 10 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: US
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22 month old with colicky abdominal pain intermittently for 5 days.

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Ileocolic Intussusception


US – 5 cm mass with in RUQ. Centrally, the round hypoechoic foci represent lymph nodes and the hyperechoic area represents mesentery of the intussusceptum. Peripherally, the rim represents thickened and edematous bowel wall of the intussuscepiens. Color Doppler demonstrates flow in the intussusceptum.


Ultrasound is the preferred method to diagnose intussusception; it is easy, accurate and does not involve radiation. Graded compression sonography of all 4 quadrants is performed. Intussusception appears as concentric rings transversely and a “pseudokidney” longitudinally.

Pathologic intussusception requiring reduction can be usually be differentiated from transient incidental intussusception by size and location. An intussusception > 2.5 cm in diameter is usually pathologic. Pathologic intussusceptions are usually peripheral in the abdomen, most common in the RUQ. Transient incidental intussusceptions are usually < 2.0 cm in diameter and located centrally or in the RLQ.

Presence of lymph nodes in the intussusception are pathognomotic for pathologic intussusception. A thickened outer rim of bowel >5 mm, absent color Doppler flow in the intussuscepiens, small bowel obstruction and ascites are poor predictors of reduction.


Park NH, et al. Ultrasonic findings of small bowel intussusception, focusing on differentiating from ileocolic intussusception. BJR 2007; 80:798-802.

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Wiersma F, Allema JH, Holscher HC. Ileoileal intussusception in children: Ultrasonic differentiation from ileocolic intussusception. Pediatric Radiol 2006; 36:1177-1181.

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