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Infectious disease issues in adoption of young children.
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PMID:  23295719     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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.
Krow Ampofo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in pediatrics     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1531-698X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9000850     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Pediatr     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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