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July 1972

Intussusception Complicating the Treatment of Malignancy in Childhood

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Surgery, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, and the Section on Pediatric Surgery, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(1):52-56. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180070050010

Intussusception occurred in eight children during treatment of malignancy with irradiation, chemotherapy, and operation, or a combination thereof. Metastatic tumor masses served as "leading points" for the intussusception in only two patients. The insidious onset of symptoms led to a diagnostic delay of 5 to 30 days before operation or death. The intussusception was localized to the small bowel in seven patients. Early operative intervention is recommended.