Acute intussusception is a clinical and surgical emergency which can be completely and permanently cured by immediate and competent surgical intervention. On the other hand, tragedy often results if indecision and procrastination have occurred before the institution of treatment. Chronic intussusception more often than not is of secondary importance, and the primary pathologic process, usually a tumor, demands planned surgical attention.
One hundred and seventeen cases of intussusception in which operation was performed at the Mayo Clinic were reviewed. In 55 of these cases the condition was classified as acute intussusception. In this paper only data concerning the cases of acute intussusception are included. Thirty-eight of the patients were boys, and 17 were girls; this represents an incidence of 2.2: 1.
Acute intussusception is primarily a disease of childhood, in contrast to the chronic process which nearly always manifests itself in adults. The youngest of our patients with acute intussusception