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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 430-432

Chronic intussuception due to ileocaecal tuberculosis in a young adult with severe anemia: Case report with literature review

1 Department of Surgery, M.M. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Distt Ambala, Haryana, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, M.M. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Distt Ambala, Haryana, India

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Mahesh Gupta
M.M. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Distt Ambala, Haryana
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Context : Intestinal intussuception in an adult is a rare entity that differs in etiology from its pediatric counterpart owing to underlying pathologic lead points in adults, mostly neoplasms. The main clinical presentation in chronic intussuception in adults remains dull abdominal pain, and acute intussuception is uncommon. Computed tomography (CT) remains the diagnostic modality of choice and surgical resection is the optimal treatment. Case Report : We report a case of chronic intussuception in a young adult presenting with severe anemia and chronic abdominal pain in right hypochondrium and lumbar region. Pre operative diagnosis of chronic ileocolocolic intussuception was made on the basis of ultrasound, barium and CT scan findings. Exploratory laparotomy was done and right hemicolectomy with end to end anastomosis was performed. Histopathological examination of resected specimen revealed presence of tuberculosis in the mass along with mesenteric lymph nodes involvement. Postoperative recovery was uneventful and he was put on antitubercular drugs. In follow-up the patient is asymptomatic. Conclusion : Chronic ileocolocolic intussuception due to tuberculosis should be considered as a possible cause of intestinal obstruction in young patients presenting with vague abdominal pain and severe anemia even in the absence of any specific medical history.

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