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July 1953

ACUTE INTUSSUSCEPTION: Analysis of One Hundred Sixteen Cases at St. Louis Children's Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, and the St. Louis Children's Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(1):68-79. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040071012

MANY ASPECTS of acute intussusception remain obscure or controversial. In the hope of contributing to etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and mortality factors, 116 consecutive cases at the St. Louis Children's Hospital from 1934 to 1951, inclusive, have been reviewed and analyzed.


Frequency.  —During the 18-year interval there were 61,295 hospital admissions, giving a ratio of 1: 528 for acute intussusception.

Age and Sex.  —These were predisposing factors. Table 1 lists the number of cases of intussusception at various ages, ranging from 6 weeks to 9 years. More than one-half of all the cases, 53.4%, occurred from the fourth to the seventh month of age. Seventy-eight and four-tenths per cent of the patients were less than one year of age, and in 87% the condition had occurred by the age of 2 years. Sixty per cent were males. These figures for age and sex correspond closely to those published in other

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