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Meckel’s Diverticulum

While 2 percent of the population may have this congenital anomaly of the gastrointestinal tract, not all of these have symptoms and cause problems.

The symptoms of a Meckel’s diverticulum include any of the following: lower gastrointestinal bleeding or bleeding from the rectum and anus; abdominal pain that persists or progresses; and vomiting without diarrhea.

A Meckel’s diverticulum may require radiology studies to diagnose and is likely to require an operation to resolve. Often this operation can be performed laparoscopically.

If your child has unexplained symptoms as described above, please contact your primary care physician, Urgent Care or Emergency Department.