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Pediatric Meckel Diverticulum

Key Points About Meckel Diverticulum in Children

  • Meckel diverticulum is a small pouch in the wall of the intestine. It’s near where the small and large intestines meet.
  • The pouch is left over from when your child’s digestive system was forming in pregnancy.
  • This condition often doesn’t cause symptoms. The most common symptom is dark-red blood coming out of your child’s rectum.
  • Most children will need surgery to remove Meckel diverticulum.
  • After surgery, your child likely won’t have any long-term problems from this condition.


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