Most common cause of intestinal obstruction among children, rare in adults. Most cases of adult intussusception are the result of an underlying medical condition, but most cases in children have no known cause.
Emergency medical care is required to treat intussusception to avoid severe dehydration and shock, as well as prevent infection that can occur when a portion of intestine dies due to lack of blood. With prompt attention, intussusception can often be successfully treated without lasting problems.
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