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A simple and safe technique for pneumatic reduction of intussusception

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Asian Journal of Surgery

Source : Asian Journal of Surgery, 2006 Jul;29(3):170-2.

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Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Paediatric Surgery

Year : 2006

Abstract : Background: Pneumatic reduction has a higher success rate and lower incidence of complications compared to barium enema and hydrostatic reductions. What is deterrent to its common use is the cumbersome technique. Our aim is to develop a simple technique that can be used in any hospital with locally available facilities. Methods: An intercostal drainage bottle and an enema can were used to pass air into the rectum at a controlled pressure determined by the height of the enema can. Water running in from the enema can displaces the air in the intercostal drainage bottle into the rectum effecting the reduction of intussusception. Results: This system was tried in 12 patients. Successful air delivery was obtained in all cases. In two cases, the intussusception could not be reduced. Laparotomy revealed these to be ileoileal intussusceptions. Conclusion: The technique described is easy to assemble, safe and effective. We recommend it for regular use in pneumatic reduction of intussusception.

Cite this Research Publication : Abraham MK, Joy MG, Menon SS, Bindu S, Ramakrishnan P., "A simple and safe technique for pneumatic reduction of intussusception," Asian Journal of Surgery, 2006 Jul;29(3):170-2.

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