Intussusception in Taiwanese children: Analysis of incidence, length of hospitalization and hospital costs in different age groups

Wan Ling Ho, Tien Wu Yang, Wei Chu Chi, Hong Jen Chang, Li Min Huang, Mei Hwei Chang

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Abstract

Background and Purpose: This study investigated the characteristics of intussusception in Taiwanese children of different age groups, including the incidence, length of hospitalization and hospital costs. Methods: Children with a diagnosis of intussusception who were hospitalized from 1999 through 2001 were identified from a nationwide health insurance claims database. The incidence of intussusception was calculated by age, gender, and season. Length of hospitalization and hospital costs were also analyzed. Results: A total of 6988 cases of intussusception were identified in Taiwan from 1999 to 2001. Among them, 4859 cases occurred in children below 15 years of age. The average incidence among children below age 15 years was 34.5 per 100,000, with a peak incidence of 118.8 per 100,000 observed among children younger than 24 months old. The highest incidence of intussusception in Taiwanese children occurred between 12 and 24 months of age. According to the data for patients below 15 years of age hospitalized for intussusception in year 2000, males were more likely to be affected than females (61.3% vs 38.7%). Intussusception-related hospitalizations were rare in infants in the first few months of life, increased in those 6 to 12 months old, and peaked among children 1 to 3 years old. Among the 952 patients with intussusception admitted to hospitals in 2000, 297 (31.2%) received surgery, incurring higher median medical costs (New Taiwan Dollars [NT$] 42,265 or US$ 1234) and longer median hospital stay (6.2 days) than the 655 patients who did not require surgery (NT$ 6290 or US$ 185 for hospitalization of 2.4 days). Conclusions: The study found that the incidence of intussusception peaked in the second year of life in Taiwanese children. There was also a male predominance and lack of seasonal variation in incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-401
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Volume104
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hospital costs
  • Hospitalization
  • Incidence
  • Intussusception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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