Case Report

Adult intussusception: An unlikely diagnosis

Mark Nicolaou, Matthew Goodier
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 21, No 1 | a1063 | DOI: | © 2017 Mark Nicolaou, Matthew Goodier | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2016 | Published: 20 January 2017

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Mark Nicolaou, Grey’s Hospital, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Matthew Goodier, Grey’s Hospital, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Intussusception happens when a portion of bowel telescopes into the adjacent bowel segment. It is a rare condition in the adult population, particularly in the young adult, and poses a diagnostic dilemma to the attending clinician because of its variable clinical presentation. Radiological imaging is important in the early diagnosis, and it allows prompt surgical management to avoid severe complications, particularly bowel ischaemia and necrosis. This case report describes the clinical and multimodality radiological findings of an ileocolic intussusception secondary to a mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma in a young adult patient.


intussusception; emergency imaging


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