Rectal Bleeding (cont.)
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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. About 60% 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.
Dedra R Tolson, MD
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