Intussusception is a type of intestinal blockage. It happens when part of the intestine folds into itself like a telescope causing a blockage that prevents food from passing down through the rest of the intestines. The walls of the folded intestines become swollen and eventually, blood flow is cut off to that part of the intestinal tract, causing the tissue to die.
Does the Rotavirus Vaccine Trigger Intussusception?
Recent studies show that there is a link between the rotavirus vaccine and intussusception in young children. The number of cases where the vaccine may trigger intussusception is very low, but research does indicate that the rotavirus vaccines can cause intussusception.
According to an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine reviewing outcomes of several second-generation rotavirus vaccines,
“recent preliminary studies from Australia also suggest a link between RV5 and intussusception. Hence, we can infer from these studies that any orally administered live rotavirus vaccines will probably carry some detectable risk of intussusception, that the risks associated with RV4 were not unique, and that the risk of intussusception seems to be small.” (N Engl J Med 2011; 364:2354-2355).
Compensation for Intussusception Triggered by the Rotavirus Vaccine
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. represents patients in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program who have experienced reactions to the Rotavirus shot. Some of the vaccine brand names that may cause Intussusception include Rotarix and RotaTeq.
|Date||Vaccine Name||Illness |
|Link to Court Decision||Amount Compensated|
|8/29/2016||DTaP, Rotavirus, Pneumonia Vaccines||Intussusception, Surgical Intervention||Case 15-1196V||$100,000|
|8/12/2015||Rotavirus Vaccine||Intussusception||Case 14-1065||$68,000|
What are the Symptoms of Intussusception in Children?
- Severe stomach and abdominal pain that comes and goes
- Intense crying in infants that also comes and goes in waves
- Bloody bowel movements
- Swollen abdomen
What is Rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a virus that causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is also one of the leading causes of severe diarrhea in children and infants. The virus often leads to repeated outpatient treatment, emergency room visits, hospitalization, and in rare cases, death. Children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old are at greatest risk of the Rotavirus infection. Rotavirus typically incubates for about 2 days before symptoms appear.
Symptoms of Rotavirus can last up to 9 days. The most common symptoms include:
- abdominal pain
- watery diarrhea
Severe dehydration is a common complication of the Rotavirus and can also lead to death in rare cases.