How is intussusception diagnosed?

Although intussusception can sometimes be felt as an abdominal mass during a physical examination, ultrasonography is able to identify the mass with 100 percent accuracy, and is the first radiologic test ordered for patients who are thought to have intussusception. Two other radiologic tests--barium enema and air contrast enema--also are used to help diagnose intussusception.

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