Massive bleeding after rectal suction biopsy: Uncommon and unexpected delayed onset

Alessio Pini-Prato, Claudio Carlini, Ferdinando Pesce, Vincenzo Jasonni, Pierluigi Seymandi

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Background: Rectal suction biopsy is a safe and painless procedure commonly performed in pediatric surgical practice for the diagnosis of intestinal dysganglionosis. Methods: We report a 3.5-year-old boy who experienced massive delayed bleeding after a rectal suction biopsy. Detailed information regarding clinical features, onset, management, and outcome are provided. Results: Acute onset of massive bleeding occurred 4 days after a rectal suction biopsy was performed to rule out possible intestinal dysganglionosis. The complication was managed conservatively, but blood transfusion and hospitalization were required. No predisposing abnormalities were detected. Conclusions: Massive bleeding after rectal suction biopsy is a well-known life-threatening complication. Nonetheless, such a delayed bleeding (up to 4 days after a rectal suction biopsy) has never been reported before. Parents should be made aware of this possibility and surgeons should be aware of this complication which can be scarcely predicted based on patient's and familial history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • complications
  • diagnosis
  • Hirschsprung
  • intestinal dysganglionosis
  • rectal suction biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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