• Abdus Salam Khan Gandapur
  • Gal Muhammad
  • Faisal Nazir Awan
  • Muhammad Tayyab


Background: Intussusception is the commonest cause of intestinal obstruction in children. We reviewed 130 casesover a period of 10 years at DHQ hospital. Abbottabad to assess their mode of presentation, methods of investigation,management and outcome. Methods: A retrospective review was performed of the case notes of presentation,investigation, management and subsequent outcome. Results: Although majority of patients presented with theclassical triad of abdominal pain 88%, vomiting 82% and rectal bleeding 54%. There were some who varied in theirmode of presentation. A presumptive initial diagnosis of infective diarrhoea or colitis and referral for a medical ratherthan surgical opinion was made in 86(69%) cases. Hydrostatic reduction was done in 79% of cases, 29 beingsuccessful. Laparotomy was done in 101 cases. In 6 patients (6%) spontaneous reduction occurred between bariumenema reduction and subsequent laparotomy. Simple manual reduction after laparotomy was done in 45 cases.Resection of the gangrenous intestine was done in 13 patients. In the rest of 37 patients, various operations like righthemicolectomy and appendectomy were done. Conclusion: The male to female ratio in our series was almost equal.No variation in the relationship between incidence and season or type of feeding was found. Ileocolic intussusceptionwas found to be the commonest type at the laparotomy in our series.


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