Bleeding meckel’s diverticulum in a patient with inflammatory bowel disease
A patient with inflammatory bowel disease had massive lower gastrointestinal bleeding, at first thought to be from inflammatory bowel disease. Subsequently we recognized the bleeding as coming from a Meckel’s diverticulum only by repeating the angiographic study within a few minutes after the initial angiogram was negative. This experience illustrates the intermittency of gastrointestinal bleeding from minute to minute. Moreover, a review of the literature suggests that a Meckel’s diverticulum may more often be found in patients with Crohn’s disease than in the general population, a possibility which deserves further study. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.
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