Hydrostatic reduction of ileocolic intussusception by barium enema is uniformly regarded as optimal management, with surgical treatment reserved for occasions when this is not successful and for other selected circumstances.1 In an attempt to maximize the success rate of hydrostatic reduction, we examined the effect of analgesic premedication on both the outcome for the barium study and the operative findings.


The case records and radiographs of 76 children with ileocolic intussusception treated at the Yale-New Haven Hospital between Jan 1, 1974, and Dec 31, 1984, were reviewed for patient age, sex, seasonal incidence, presenting signs and symptoms, and results of hydrostatic reduction, as well as surgical treatment with operative findings, morbidity, and mortality.

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