Diagnosis and treatment of intussusceptions in dogs Academic Article uri icon


  • Intussusceptions occur primarily in dogs younger than 1 year of age and are most commonly found at the ileocecocolic junction. Intussusceptions may, however, occur at other locations within the gastrointestinal tract, including the gastroesophageal junction and pylorogastric region. Gastroesophageal and pylorogastric intussusceptions result in more acute, severe clinical signs than do intussusceptions within the small intestine. Radiographic studies, including contrast-enhanced and non-contrast-enhanced radiographs, and ultrasonograms are extremely helpful in making a diagnosis of intussusception. Immediate systemic stabilization of the patient, followed by surgical correction of the intussusception, is critical to a successful outcome. Enteroplication techniques used to prevent recurrence of intussusception are not without potential complications and should be performed in accordance with specific guidelines.

published proceedings

  • Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian

author list (cited authors)

  • Applewhite, A. A., Cornell, K. K., & Selcer, B. A.

complete list of authors

  • Applewhite, AA||Cornell, KK||Selcer, BA

publication date

  • January 2002