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Conventional abdominal radiography as a means to rule out ileo-caecal intussusception.

Authors
  • Eklöf, O
  • Thönell, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta radiologica: diagnosis
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1984
Volume
25
Issue
4
Pages
265–267
Identifiers
PMID: 6485855
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The experiences gained with conventional radiographic examinations as a means of excluding childhood ileo-caecal intussusception are presented. According to these, a supplementary barium enema is indicated a) in patients under 6 months of age, b) in patients presenting with scant intestinal gas, c) in patients where the caecum cannot be outlined, d) in patients with a possible mass lesion of the colon, e) in patients with obstruction presumably due to intussusception, and f) in patients with discrepancy between the clinical and radiologic findings (1, 4). In all other patients the barium examination is not used. The key to a successful application of this protocol is a thorough familiarity with the limitations and potentials of the conventional abdominal examination.

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