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Identification of Meckel Diverticulum by Capsule Endoscopy

Desai, Sonal S.; Alkhouri, Razan; Baker, Susan S.

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: February 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 2 - p 161
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182349a1c
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Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sonal Desai, MD, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center, 219 Bryant St, Buffalo, NY 14222 (e-mail:,

Received 29 April, 2011

Accepted 25 July, 2011

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A 5-year-old white boy with a medical history of constipation presented with a 1-day history of painless hematochezia. He had 2 episodes of bright-red blood in his stool with clots. Initial laboratory evaluation was positive for hemoglobin of 7.9, hemoccult-positive stool, and 2 negative Meckel scans after 5-day pretreatment with ranitidine (1). An upper endoscopy and colonoscopy were visually and histologically normal. Capsule endoscopy showing 2 lumens within the ileum was consistent with Meckel diverticulum (MD) (Fig. 1). The patient underwent an exploratory laparoscopy; an MD was found and removed (2). The presence of the enteric wall biopsy showing a layering architecture composed of villiform small intestinal mucosa and gastric oxyntic mucosa with focal ulceration on histological evaluation confirmed an MD. Capsule endoscopy, which is not the conventional method of detecting MD, can aid in identifying MD in patients whose previous evaluations are negative. Definitive treatment for MD is surgical removal in the symptomatic patient.



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