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Intestinal intussusception in adults due to acute enterovirus infection
  1. A Y Chia,
  2. J K Chia
  1. EV Med Research, Lomita, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr J K Chia, EV Med Research, 25332 Narbonne Avenue #170, Lomita, CA 90717, USA; evmed{at}


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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