RETROGRADE intussusception of a gastroenterostomy stoma is certainly one of the least common pathologic phenomena, however dramatic it may be, and a review of the literature shows few reported cases. As in all similar situations the number of cases reported in the literature is an index of its frequency but by no means an actual accounting of the true number of cases encountered in practice.
Intussusception of a gastroenterostomy stoma requires surgical intervention. Lawson and Whitener,1 in reporting their case, reviewed the literature and showed that the first complication of this type following a gastroenterostomy was reported in 1917 by Steber,2 and that 50 cases were reported in the literature by 1950. The first interest in this situation was demonstrated by the European authors; until 1933 only five case reports appeared in the American literature, and since that time only three additional cases appear in the American literature.*