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Iron Deficiency Anaemia: An Unusual Complication of Meckel’s DiverticulumAl-Onaizi I.a · Al-Awadi F.a · Al-Dawood A.-L.b
Departments of aPaediatrics and bSurgery, Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait Corresponding Author
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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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