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Meckel's diverticulum

  • Treatment

    Surgery to remove the diverticulum is recommended if bleeding develops. In these rare cases, the segment of small intestine that contains the diverticulum is surgically removed. The ends of the intestine are sewn back together.

    You may need iron replacement to correct anemia. If you have a lot of bleeding, you may need a blood transfusion.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Full recovery can be expected with surgery.


    Complications
    • Excess bleeding (hemorrhage) from the diverticulum
    • Folding of the intestines (intussusception), a type of blockage
    • Peritonitis
    • Tear (perforation) of the bowel at the diverticulum

    Calling your health care provider

    See your health care provider promptly if your child passes blood or bloody stool or complains repeatedly of abdominal discomfort.