Paediatrics Q11

Meckel’s Diverticulum

Presentation

Symptoms:

1. Often asymptomatic

2. Painless rectal bleeding

3. Vomiting and abdominal pain if obstruction occurs.

Age Group: Most commonly presents in children aged 2-3 years, predominantly male

Diagnosis

i. Radioisotope Scan: Typically, the initial diagnostic test.

ii. Laparotomy: May also be performed for a definitive diagnosis.

Treatment

Surgical Resection: Removal of the diverticulum is the definitive treatment.

Although many cases of Meckel’s diverticulum are asymptomatic and may go unnoticed, prompt diagnosis and surgical treatment are required when symptoms like rectal bleeding or obstruction arise.

 

Further Reading: Meckel’s Diverticulum

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