Blood is an alarming sight for parents and sometimes even grabs the attention of experienced pediatricians. When a mother called one of my pediatric partners one evening with concerns about her son's rectal bleeding, the physician carefully reviewed the child's recent history and symptoms…Meckel's diverticulum occurs in only 2 percent to 3 percent of the population, but ranks as one of the most common congenital intestinal defects. In a study published online by Dr. Rory Smoot and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Meckel's is described as a diverticulum or outpouching of the ileum, the last portion of the small intestine. Meckel's results when the vitelline duct does not completely disappear as expected sometime during the fifth to seventh weeks of fetal life.
Chicago Daily Herald by Helen Minciotti 4/8/12