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Sixty percent of complications occur before 10 years of age.

Complications include:

  • diverticulitis:
    • presents in a similar way to acute appendicitis
    • uncommon in children under 10 years of age
    • diagnosed at laparotomy

  • bleeding - if heterotopic gastric mucosa is present, it may be detected by 99m Tc scanning

  • obstruction:
    • intussusception
    • volvulus
    • vitellointestinal band

  • perforation - a foreign body may get trapped

  • neoplasms - rarely, leiomyosarcoma, carcinoid, melanoma and adenocarcinoma

  • patent vitellointestinal duct - purulent discharge in infancy or a faecal fistula

  • malabsorption

  • Littre's hernia

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