Intestinal intussusception as a complication of typhoid fever

Altun H., BANLI O., Karakoyun R.

Acta Chirurgica Belgica, vol.111, no.3, pp.174-175, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 111 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00015458.2011.11680731
  • Journal Name: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.174-175
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Typhoid fever is a severe febrile illness caused by Salmonella typhi. Although ileal perforation and bleeding are seen more frequently, intestinal intussusception is a very rare complication of typhoid fever. A male patient was admitted to hospital due to abdominal distension and pain. Abdominal computerised tomography revealed ileal intussusception. The patient underwent exploratory laparotomy. Ileal intussusception was determined and segmental ileal resection was performed. Examination of the resected ileal segment revealed multiple ulcerous lesions that led to intussusception. The postoperative course was uneventful. The operative treatment is the subject of debate because of insufficient evidence. We recommend segmental bowel resection because of the underlying pathology.