Treatment

Treatment often depends on the severity of the problem, but if the child is treated early enough, the enema will correct the problem and relieve the obstruction without surgery. Both procedures are very safe and usually well tolerated by the child, although there is a very small risk of infection or bowel perforation.

if these procedures do not cure the intussusception, or if the infant is too sick to have the enema, surgery will be required to fix the obstruction and save the bowel. if there is any dying or infected bowel, that part of the tissue will be removed. Most infants who are treated within the first 24 hours recover completely.

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