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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2020, 8(12), 459-462
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-8-12-7
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Intussusception Presenting as Intestinal Obstruction in Pregnancy: A Case Report from a Tertiary Hospital in Ghana

Anwar Sadat Seidu1, , David Putiero Suoseg2, Mohammed Sheriff1, Musah Yakubu1, Emmanuel Agoswin Noah Azure1 and Edmund Muonir Der3

1Department of Surgery, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Box TL 16, Tamale, Ghana

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Box TL 16, Tamale, Ghana

3Department of Pathology; School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies and Tamale Teaching Hospital, Box TL 1350, Tamale, Ghana

Pub. Date: August 31, 2020

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Anwar Sadat Seidu, David Putiero Suoseg, Mohammed Sheriff, Musah Yakubu, Emmanuel Agoswin Noah Azure and Edmund Muonir Der. Intussusception Presenting as Intestinal Obstruction in Pregnancy: A Case Report from a Tertiary Hospital in Ghana. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2020; 8(12):459-462. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-8-12-7


There is paucity of scientific data on intussusception in pregnancy globally which makes it a rare clinical occurrence. The symptoms in pregnancy may mimic obstetric conditions and thus presents a diagnostic dilemma to clinicians. A high index of suspicion is therefore needed in order to establish a preoperative diagnosis. We present a 29-year old woman, gravida 5 para 4, 2 alive and 2 dead (G5P42A+2D) at 23-weeks’ 6 days gestation from northern Ghana, who was referred to Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) as a case of acute abdomen. Initial clinical assessment and bedside ultrasonography led to a diagnosis of intussusception. A viable colo-colic intussusception was found on open laparotomy and a left hemicolectomy was performed. This was confirmed by histopathological examination of the resected bowel. There was no identifiable lead point. This case report illustrates how good and prompt initial clinical assessment supported with imaging led to a successful outcome of acute abdomen in pregnancy in a low – middle resource country.

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