Intestinal obstructions can occur at any age, in all races and ethnicities, and in both sexes but are more common in patients who have undergone major abdominal surgery or have congenital abnormalities of the bowel. When it occurs in a child, the obstruction is most likely to be an intussusception. Although small bowel obstructions in children are uncommon, the diagnosis should be considered for any child with persistent vomiting, abdominal distension, and abdominal pain;
early diagnosis is critical because delayed diagnosis and treatment are associated with significant complications.
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