Intussusception in children aged under 12 months
Professor Brent Taylor
Professor of Community Child Health
General and Adolescent Paediatric Unit
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
- Intussusception (IS) is caused by a bowel section telescoping, causing obstruction.
- It is a surgical emergency, but most cases can be managed non-surgically with good outcome.
- Incidence is highest in children under the age of one year and males seem to be affected more.
- There is no clear evidence from previous studies of seasonal variation.
- Previous retrospective studies in the UK have shown an incidence of 0.6-0.76 per 1,000 populations (children < 12 months). However, recent data from other developed countries indicates declining trend, with decreases of 39-55% since 1990.
- The most recent European study from the Swiss Paediatric Surveillance Unit, showed an incidence of 0.4 per 1000 population in children aged less than 12 months.
- The study primary objective is to estimate the current incidence of intussusception.
Duration: March 2008 - March 2009 (13 months)
Funding: Educational Grant from GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals
Ethical approval: This study has been approved by the Wandsworth Research Ethics Committee, reference 07/Q0803/62 and is exempt from site-specific assessment. Copies of the REC application, the REC approval letter and the study protocol will be sent to each notifying paediatrician with a request to kindly forward them to their R&D department if requested. The study also has PIAG approval (PIAG/BPSU 2-05(FT1)/2007).
Study Contact Details:
Dr Haitham EL BASHIR
General and Adolescent Paediatrics Unit, Institute of Child Health
University College London
1st Floor, West Wing, 2
50 Euston Road
Tel: 08451555000 (Ext.3390)
Fax: 020 7380 9064
Support Group: There is no specific support group for this condition. However advice and support is available from:
Contact a Family
209-211 City Road,
London EC1V 1JN
Tel: 020 7608 8700
Helpline: 0808 808 3555
Freephone: For parents and families (10am-4pm, Mon-Fri)
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