Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 92–94 | Cite as

Intussusception: still work in progress

  • Gloria del PozoEmail author
Letter to the Editor


Daneman and Navarro [1] have recently published a series of interesting papers on intussusception in which they discuss this controversial topic and provide a comprehensive review of the literature that updates previous ones [2, 3]. Beasley’s editorial [4] underlines the importance of making an early and accurate diagnosis at the time of presentation (usually by US or enema). He also analyses the evolution of intussusception management and states that “the change from the hydrostatic to the pneumatic reduction techniques by pediatric radiologists ... have not always been repeated in non-specialist pediatric centres”. He seems to recommend that changing from barium enema to air enema under fluoroscopic control would be desirable. We notice that he does not mention hydrostatic or air reduction guided by US.

We agree with Beasley that “we have not yet heard the last word on intussusception”, “our goal must be to find the perfect method for enema reduction“, and “our responsibility to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radiologìa InfantilHospital Universitario 12 de OctubreMadridSpain

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