Intestinal intussusception in adults due to acute enterovirus infection
- Correspondence to Dr J K Chia, EV Med Research, 25332 Narbonne Avenue #170, Lomita, CA 90717, USA;
- Accepted 20 March 2009
- Published Online First 30 July 2009
Three adult cases of intussusceptions, associated with enteroviruses occurring within a 3-week period, are reported. Virological studies include viral RNA detection in stool samples and staining for enterovirus protein by immunoperoxidase staining of the resected intestinal tissues. A new mechanism for intussusception associated with enterovirus is proposed. Tap water was implicated in the outbreak. Better monitoring of drinking-water may prevent other cases of non-polio enterovirus infection.
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