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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0120102662.
Published online Aug 16, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.01.2010.2662
PMCID: PMC3028047
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Haemoperitoneum caused by perforation of Meckel's diverticulum in a 5-year-old child
David W Borowski,1 Catherine Hobday,2 and Anil K Agarwal3
1Department of Colorectal Surgery, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2Department of Pathology, University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton on Tees, UK
3Department of Surgery, University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton on Tees, UK
Correspondence to Anil K Agarwal, anil.agarwal/at/
Common complications of Meckel's diverticulum in children include gastrointestinal haemorrhage, intestinal obstruction or intussuception and diverticulitis. Here, the rare case of a perforated, non-inflamed Meckel's diverticulum causing significant haemoperitoneum in a young child, is reported. The case highlights the potential for rapid deterioration of patients with complications form vitelline duct abnormalities, for which surgical exploration should not be delayed.
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