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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0120102662.
Published online 2010 August 16. 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


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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