Intermittent unexplained rectal bleeding in childhood
Nine children between the ages of 4 to 13 yr were investigated for unexplained intermittent lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Barium contrast studies could indentify a filling difeet in only a single patient while in two out of nine patients, source of bleeding could be identified with the help of a signioidoscope. The colonoscopy was most helpful, lacalising the cause of lower gastrointestinal bleeding in two-thirds of the patients (6 out of 9). Five of these had juvenile polyps and in the remaining one child, non specific colitis was diagnosed.
Key wordsLower gastrointestinal bleeding investigations barium studies sigmoidoscopy colonoscopy
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