Intussusception is a serious condition that occurs when one part of the bowel collapses into an adjoining section, like a collapsible telescope. It can occur anywhere in the intestine, but most often occurs where the small bowel joins the large bowel.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bowel movements mixed with blood and mucus
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Abdominal distention (a lump in the abdomen).
Treatment for intussusception typically involves a barium enema or surgery. The prognosis is generally excellent if the condition is treated promptly.
(For more information on this topic, including details on what causes it, as well as a more in-depth list of symptoms, click Intussusception.)