A bleeding Meckel’s diverticulum is presented in a 4-month-old African American infant. This event is rare at this age, and our patient is only the second 4-month-old infant reported in the English literature. The infant presented with painless frank rectal bleeding, the blood being maroon-colored, and clots were found in the diaper. There was also anemia, with an hemoglobin of less than 8 gm/dl. The color of the blood suggested a bleeding site in the ileocecal region, a Meckel’s diverticulum was suspected, which was then confirmed by an isotope scan. A typical Meckel’s diverticulum was found on laparoscopic surgery, was excised, and the infant made an uneventful recovery.
Poley, J. R.,
Thielen, T. E.,
& Pence, J. C.
(2009). Bleeding Meckel’s Diverticulum in a 4-Month-Old Infant: Treatment with Laparoscopic Diverticulectomy. A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology, 2, 37-40.