A Surprising Lead Point in an Ileocolic Intussusception

Eric Scheier, Galit Brenner, Shachar Oren, J. Kate Deanehan

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Appendicitis and intussusception are 2 of the most common abdominal emergencies in children and have high rates of morbidity if not treated promptly. However, only rarely do they occur together. We present a case in which clinical suspicion for intussusception was not high. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) was performed in the pediatric emergency department, revealing both ileocolic intussusception and appendicitis. This case reinforces the importance of maintaining a broad differential diagnosis in unclear clinical scenarios and of the potential utility of POCUS. In our case, identification of intussusception on POCUS facilitated expeditious treatment, identification of the lead point, and allowed the treating physicians to prepare for the possibility of surgical management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-111
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2023


  • appendicitis
  • intussusception
  • point-of-care
  • point-of-care ultrasound
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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