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Identifying small bowel intussusception related to a gastroenteric feeding tube
  1. Dina Al-Zubeidi,
  2. Warren P Bishop,
  3. Riad M Rahhal
  1. Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr R M Rahhal, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, 2868 JPP, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA; riad-rahhal{at}


Enteral feedings through gastroenteric (GE) tubes are commonly utilised in patients with feeding difficulties and intolerance to gastric feeding. A variety of complications related to GE tubes have been described which rarely include small bowel intussusception. The case of a 23-year-old man with proximal small bowel intussusception related to an endoscopically placed low profile GE tube is described. The patient presented with abdominal pain and bilious vomiting. Symptoms resolved with tube shortening. This report includes a short review aimed at raising awareness about this complication with a discussion on diagnosis and management.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Approval from the institutional review board at the University of Iowa to study patients with feeding tubes was obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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