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What is intussusception?
Intussusception is the telescoping of one segment of intestine into another
adjacent distal ("downstream") segment of the intestine. (The term
"intussusception" is pronounced "in-tuh-suh-sep-shun" with the accent on the
"in." It comes from the Latin "intus", within + "suscipere", to receive = to
receive within). Common mispellings of intussusception include: intususception, intussuseption, intersusception.
Intussusception is the most common cause of intestinal obstruction in
children between 3 months and five years of age. It is extremely rare in children
under 3 months of age or in older children and adults.