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Vol. 11, No. 4, 2002
Issue release date: October – December
Section title: Case Report

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Med Principles Pract 2002;11:214–217

Iron Deficiency Anaemia: An Unusual Complication of Meckel’s Diverticulum

Al-Onaizi I.a · Al-Awadi F.a · Al-Dawood A.-L.b
Departments of aPaediatrics and bSurgery, Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait
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Objectives: To describe a case of Meckel’s diverticulum with an unusual complication of iron deficiency anaemia due to chronic intestinal bleeding. Clinical Presentation and Intervention: A 12-year-old boy presented with bloody diarrhoea and abdominal pain in association with a long-standing history of black stools and progressive pallor. Biochemical tests revealed low serum iron (1.2 mmol/l) indicating iron deficiency anaemia and low serum albumin (29 g/l). The other tests were normal. Colonoscopy performed on the 8th day of hospitalization was normal. A technetium-99m pertechnetate scan showed an ectopic gastric mucosa in the Meckel’s diverticulum confirmed at surgery in the region of the antimesentric border and on histopathology. Conclusion: Findings indicated that the patient had a bleeding Meckel’s diverticulum, complicated by iron deficiency anaemia.

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Received: November 10, 2001
Accepted: March 04, 2002
Published online: November 08, 2002
Issue release date: October – December

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1011-7571 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0151 (Online)

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