A multicentre comparative study between laparoscopic and open surgery for intussusception in adults

S. Kang, S. I. Lee, B. W. Min, T. H. Lee, S. J. Baek, J. M. Kwak, J. Kim, S. H. Kim, J. S. Kim, W. B. Ji, J. W. Um, K. D. Hong

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Aim: Intussusception in adults is rare and requires surgery in most cases. While abdominal laparoscopic surgery (LS) is becoming more popular, there are few reports on the outcomes of adult intussusception treated with LS. This study compared the feasibility of LS vs open surgery (OS) for adult intussusception. Method: We reviewed retrospectively the medical records of adult patients with intussusception from three tertiary hospitals between 2000 and 2016. The patients were divided into LS and OS groups, and their surgical outcomes were compared. Results: Surgery was indicated in 71 patients with intussusception (41 LS and 30 OS). The median age of the patients was 49.0 and 51.5 years in the LS and OS groups, respectively (P = 0.930). Overall, nine (12.7%) patients had a negative laparotomy or laparoscopy with spontaneous reduction of the intussusception. Conversion to OS from LS was necessary in one patient (2.4%). The operative time and intra-operative and postoperative complication rates were not significantly different. However, there were more serious complications such as bowel perforation and major vessel injury in the LS group. The patients in the LS group had a shorter time to first food intake and hospital stay vs patients in the OS group (4.0 vs 6.0 days, P < 0.001, and 7.0 vs 10.5 days, P < 0.001, respectively). Conclusion: LS may be feasible for adult intussusception; there may be more severe intra-operative complications than in OS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1415-1421
Number of pages7
JournalColorectal Disease
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Colorectal Disease © 2020 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.


  • Adult intussusception
  • laparoscopic surgery
  • open surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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