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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