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April 5, 1976

Diagnosis of Meckel Diverticulum by Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m Scan

Author Affiliations

From the Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu. MAJ Cooper is currently at the Plastic Surgery Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1976;235(14):1471-1472. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260400037026

Meckel diverticulum was diagnosed preoperatively as the cause of recurrent rectal bleeding in a 2-year-old child by means of a sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m scan. Although false-negative scans have been reported to occur in approximately 50% of all cases of Meckel diverticulum, the procedure should be considered in any case of unexplained, painless rectal bleeding, especially in pediatric patients.

(JAMA 235:1471-1472, 1976)