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Meckel's diverticulum

Meckel's diverticulum is one of the major causes of lower gastrointestinal bleeding in children.Meckel's diverticulum is a remnant of the omphalomesenteric duct and the condition occurs in children,young adults as well as in the elderly and is commonly mistaken as a case of acute appendicitis.It can present with acute pain abdomen,rectal bleeding,nausea and vomiting.The condition must be identified by the clinician as it is associated with some serious complications such as bleeding due to the presence of ectopic gastric mucosa,diverticulitis,umbilical discharge,perforation,torsion and peritonitis.The clinician may find it difficult to diagnose a case of Meckel's diverticulum especially in an elderly individual due to lack of specificity.

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