Intussusception and Vaccines

Am I eligible for vaccine injury compensation?

What is Intussusception?

Intussusception is a serious condition that causes bowel problems in children and adults. It occurs when one part of the intestine slides inside another section like a telescope.

When this happens, it can block food or fluid from passing through the intestine. In some cases, an intussusception injury can cut off the blood supply to the affected area. If this condition isn’t treated it can lead to an intestinal injury, infection, internal bleeding, and even death.

Intussusception is one of the most common abdominal emergencies in children under 2 years of age. Boys are four times more likely to develop intussusception than girls. The cause of this condition in children is usually unknown. In adults, intussusception symptoms typically develops as a result of an underlying condition such as tumors, polyps, a viral infection, or after recent abdominal surgery.

What Vaccines Cause Intussusception?

The Rotavirus vaccine could cause intussusception and usually occurs within a week after the first or second dose.

If you or a loved one has experienced intussusception as the result of a vaccine, take our free quiz to see if you’re eligible for vaccine injury compensation.

What Are The Symptoms Of Intussusception?

Intussusception symptoms in children may start with sudden and intense abdominal pain. They may:

  • Draw their knees up toward their chest
  • Cry very loudly
  • Vomit blood or red mucus
  • Have jelly-like stool

Pain from intussusception can go away for short intervals, and the child may switch from extreme irritability to being calm or even playful during this time. Children with intussusception symptoms should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

How Is Intussusception Diagnosed?

Intussusception symptoms are similar to those of other medical conditions, which can make it difficult to diagnose. A physical examination can reveal a sausage-shaped mass in the abdomen. Doctors also use imaging tests such as:

  • Abdominal X-rays. Imaging that shows if the bowel has telescoped or if there is obstruction.
  • Abdominal ultrasound. Imaging that uses sound waves to create pictures of what’s happening inside the body.
  • Air-contrast barium enema. An X-ray combined with air and a contrast fluid given as an enema. This can show, and sometimes correct, intussusception or blockages.

How Is Intussusception Treated?

 In some cases, the pressure of the air-contrast barium enema can push the intestine back into its normal position. However, in about 10% to 15% of cases this does not work and surgery is necessary.

Surgeons may be able to gently return the intestine to its original position and prevent it from telescoping again. If this is not possible, or if a portion of the intestine has been permanently damaged, the affected section is usually removed.

The severity of the intussusception and the specific treatment determine how long the patient stays in the hospital as well as the recovery period.

Am I Eligible For Vaccine Injury Compensation?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) includes intussusception as a covered vaccine injury.

If you or a loved one has developed intussusception as a result of a vaccine, take our vaccine eligibility quiz to see if you qualify for compensation. Our experienced vaccine injury attorneys can file a claim for you with the VICP at no cost to you.

Am I eligible for vaccine injury compensation?