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Rectal Bleeding in Children
Rectal bleeding in small children should be taken seriously. Some children may require admission to the hospital and evaluation by a surgeon.
Intussusception: This condition occurs when the bowel folds in upon itself. It is the most common cause of intestinal obstruction and rectal bleeding in children up to 36 months years. A majority of cases occur within the first year of life.
The three cardinal symptoms are:
However, these are not always present. Admission to the hospital is warranted because observation, further imaging tests, and surgery may be required.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014
Dedra R Tolson, MD
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