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Infectious disease issues in adoption of young children.
Curr Opin Pediatr. 2013 Feb; 25(1):78-87.CO

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW

To provide an update and overview of infectious disease issues in children of international adoption.

RECENT FINDINGS

International adoption by US families has decreased since 2004. Countries from where children are adopted have changed by 2011, with Ethiopia the second largest contributor of international adoptees after China. Since 2003, international adoptees are older, as fewer young children (<1 year of age) have been available for adoption. Although children are declared healthy in their home countries, medical disorders are often missed or become apparent after adoption. Comprehensive evaluations by providers in the USA after adoption frequently identify unsuspected medical disorders, infections, as well as delayed or incomplete vaccination in these recently adopted children. Early identification of infections allows treatment of potential communicable diseases and updating of immunizations.

SUMMARY

All international adoptees on arrival in the USA should be evaluated by a health practitioner knowledgeable in adoption medicine to identify medical problems, especially infections.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108, USA. Krow.Ampofo@hsc.utah.edu

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23295719

Citation

Ampofo, Krow. "Infectious Disease Issues in Adoption of Young Children." Current Opinion in Pediatrics, vol. 25, no. 1, 2013, pp. 78-87.
Ampofo K. Infectious disease issues in adoption of young children. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2013;25(1):78-87.
Ampofo, K. (2013). Infectious disease issues in adoption of young children. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 25(1), 78-87. https://doi.org/10.1097/MOP.0b013e32835c1357
Ampofo K. Infectious Disease Issues in Adoption of Young Children. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2013;25(1):78-87. PubMed PMID: 23295719.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Infectious disease issues in adoption of young children. A1 - Ampofo,Krow, PY - 2013/1/9/entrez PY - 2013/1/9/pubmed PY - 2013/6/14/medline SP - 78 EP - 87 JF - Current opinion in pediatrics JO - Curr Opin Pediatr VL - 25 IS - 1 N2 - PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update and overview of infectious disease issues in children of international adoption. RECENT FINDINGS: International adoption by US families has decreased since 2004. Countries from where children are adopted have changed by 2011, with Ethiopia the second largest contributor of international adoptees after China. Since 2003, international adoptees are older, as fewer young children (<1 year of age) have been available for adoption. Although children are declared healthy in their home countries, medical disorders are often missed or become apparent after adoption. Comprehensive evaluations by providers in the USA after adoption frequently identify unsuspected medical disorders, infections, as well as delayed or incomplete vaccination in these recently adopted children. Early identification of infections allows treatment of potential communicable diseases and updating of immunizations. SUMMARY: All international adoptees on arrival in the USA should be evaluated by a health practitioner knowledgeable in adoption medicine to identify medical problems, especially infections. SN - 1531-698X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23295719/Infectious_disease_issues_in_adoption_of_young_children_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/MOP.0b013e32835c1357 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -