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Coiled-spring appearance of Intussusception

Intestinal Intussusception in abdominal x-ray may produce the classic coiled-spring appearance (barium trapped between the intussusceptum and the surrounding portions of bowel).

Note that Intestinal Intussusception is a major cause of small bowel obstruction in children (much less common in adults). The leading edge of an intussusception (usually a pedunculated polypoid tumor) can be demonstrated in 80% of adults. In children, there is infrequently any apparent anatomic etiology.

Intussusception. Coiled-spring appearance (arrow) in jejuno-jejunal intussusception.