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The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges for the delivery of healthcare for infants with disruption to 6-week health checks and health visitor services.1 An area of particular concern is late presentation to the hospital.2 However, current data do not offer an objective picture of how significant a problem this may be, with other reports showing low rates of delays in presentation.3 Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) is a common, non-infective infantile condition with a predictable clinical course and therefore a good indicator condition to assess for delays in presentation. We aimed to assess whether infants with IHPS presented later during ‘lockdown’ compared with the same period the preceding year.
Ten centres within the UK (England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) contributed data from babies with IHPS via …
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Collaborators PSTRN Collaborative Group: writing group: BA, FA, GB and RH. PSTRN Committee: BA, FA, GB, TB, SC, MPE, KF, RH, HR, SH and AR.
Contributors Writing group: BA, FA, GSB and RH. PSTRN committee: BA, FA, GSB, TB, SC, MPE, KF, RH, HR, SH and AR. Data contributors: FA, GSB, JB, TB, JRD, CD, GD, MPE, NE, PG, SH, MJ, AS and LGCT.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.