Intussusception is a rare — though serious — illness that occurs when a part of the intestine telescopes, or folds, into itself. The leading cause of intestinal blockage in children between six months and six years of age, childhood intussusception can sometimes be treated with an enema. Adults that suffer from intussusception typically need surgery.

What vaccines cause it?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has linked intussusception to the rotavirus vaccine (RV). Rotavirus infections are the leading cause of severe diarrhea among young children.

What are the symptoms?

Intussusception can lead to a blockage in the intestine that can cause serious problems including:

  • Blocked blood supply
  • Damaged or dead intestinal tissue
  • Infections
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the abdominal
  • Trouble digesting food and fluid
  • Vomiting

In infants, intussusception may result in the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood and mucus in stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal swelling

When do the symptoms appear?

Symptoms for intussusception usually appear within a few weeks of the rotavirus vaccination. In the early stages, the pain lasts anywhere from 15 – 20 minutes. As time goes by, these periods of pain will become more frequent and last longer.

We Stand Ready to Help

At Sands Anderson, we can help you or a loved one recover from the trauma and injury of intussusception. Our team of legal professionals will collaborate to help manage your injury and navigate your claim through the VICP. Contact us and begin your recovery.