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Intussusception Disease Injury Lawsuits

Intussusception | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Disease: Injury, Illness | Vaccine, RotaTeg

Intussusception is a rare but serious disorder in which part of the intestine; either the small intestine or colon slides into another part of the intestine. This "telescoping" often blocks the intestine, preventing food or fluid from passing through. Intussusception also cuts off the blood supply to the part of the intestine that's affected. Intussusception is the most common cause of intestinal obstruction among infants. In contrast, most cases in children have no known cause.

Signs & Symptoms

Intussusception requires emergency medical care. If your child develops the following signs or symptoms, seek medical help right away:

  • Severe abdominal pain that comes and goes (intermittent pain)
  • Stool mixed with blood and mucus
  • A lump in the abdomen
  • Swollen (distended) abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy


For most cases of intussusception in children, the cause is unknown. Viral infection or a growth in the intestine, such as a polyp, lymph node or tumor, may trigger it. In the past, some cases of intussusception seemed to be associated with a version of the rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus is a childhood illness that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever and dehydration. That vaccine was removed from the market in 1999. There's no evidence that the rotavirus vaccine currently available (RotaTeq) causes intussusception. On February 13, 2007 the U.S. government issued a warning that RotaTeq can cause intussusception in infants.


Your infant's physician may recommend several test, including the following:

  • X-ray or other abdominal imaging. Taking images of your child's abdomen with X-ray, ultrasound or computerized tomography (CT) scans may reveal intestinal obstruction caused by intussusception. Abdominal imaging also can show if the intestine has been torn (perforated).
  • Barium or air enema. A barium enema is basically a colon X-ray. During the exam, the doctor will insert liquid barium or in some cases air into your child's colon through the rectum. This makes the pictures on the X-ray clearer. Sometimes a barium or air enema will correct intussusception, and no further treatment is needed. A barium enema can't be used if the intestine is torn.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Intussusception

If your infant developed intussusception after being given the vaccine RotaTeq, please fill out the form at the right for a free case review by a qualified defective drugs attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Bowel Obstruction Risks Seen With Newer Rotavirus Vaccines

Jan 16, 2014
Two large United States-based research studies reveal a tie to an increased risk of a pediatric bowel obstruction, known as intussusception, following rotavirus vaccination. Worries about the risk of intussusception with the rotavirus vaccine go back as far as 1999 when a tetravalent rotavirus vaccine was withdrawn following its ties to an increase of one to two additional cases per 10,000 infants vaccinated, according to Family Practice News. Clinical trials now reveal that newer pentavalent...

Study Backs Use of Rotarix, Despite Bowel Risk

Jun 17, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A new study has found a slight risk of a serious bowl disorder associated with GlaxoSmithKline's rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix.  Still, authors of the Rotarix study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), say the benefits of the vaccine far exceed its risks.The study confirms that the risk of the bowel disorder - intussusception - was not limited to the RotaShield vaccine, which was pulled from the U.S. market in 1999.  According to the Food & Drug...

CDC Releases Safety Data on Rotavirus Vaccine; Reported Intussusception Cases Fall Within Expected Range

Mar 16, 2007 |
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new safety data on a recently licensed rotavirus vaccine given to infants that indicate the vaccine does not pose an elevated risk for intussusception, the most common cause of bowel obstruction in infants. The vaccine, sold by Merck and Company under the brand name RotaTeq, was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2006. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends RotaTeq for...

State to continue using vaccine against rotavirus

Feb 15, 2007 | The Birmingham News
Alabama's Department of Public Health has dispensed more than 50,000 doses of an early childhood vaccine that is the subject of an FDA public health notification about intestinal problems in infants, an official said Wednesday. Winkler Sims, head of the state Department of Public Health's immunization division, said the state began distributing the RotaTeq vaccine in July to more than 500 sites that participate in the Children's Vaccine Program. Private providers also have been using the...

Intestinal Woes, Vaccine May Be Linked

Feb 14, 2007 | AP
The Food and Drug Administration warned yesterday of potentially life-threatening twisting of the intestines in infants vaccinated against a virus that is the leading cause of early-childhood diarrhea. The condition, called intussusception, is the same that led to the withdrawal of the first rotavirus vaccine eight years ago. The FDA said it was unknown whether the recently approved vaccine, called RotaTeq, caused the 28 new cases of the condition, which also can occur spontaneously. Indeed,...

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