Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Intussusception Treatment

Initial treatment for intussusception is a nasogastric (NG) tube, which is inserted into the nostril, down the throat and esophagus, and into the stomach. The tube is attached to a pump, which removes air and digested food. This relieves pressure that has built up behind the obstructed portion of the intestine.

Treatment for intussusception may also include:

  • Intravenous fluids
  • Nasogastric tube to decompress the gastrointestinal tract
  • Therapeutic enema for intussusception:
    • Used to reverse the intussusception
    • Barium enema for intussusception
    • Air enema for intussusception
  • Laparoscopic abdominal surgery for intussusception:
    • Performed when enema is unsuccessful at relieving the intussusception

Intussusception Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for intussusception.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Intussusception Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat intussusception:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Intussusception References
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