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Meckel's Diverticulum

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by Safer DA
 

Symptoms

Most people with Meckel's diverticulum don't have symptoms.
Meckel's diverticulum that is infected or inflammed can cause:
Meckel's diverticulitis can cause sudden and severe symptoms that mimic appendicitis, such as:
  • Pain in lower abdomen that worsens with sneezing, coughing, and deep breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Slight fever
 

RESOURCES

Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
http://www.niddk.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
http://www.cag-acg.org

North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology
http://www.naspghan.org

 

References


Cullen JJ, Kelly KA, Moir CR, et al. Surgical management of Meckel’s diverticulum. An epidemiologic population-based study. Ann Surg. 1995; 222:568-569.


Meckel diverticulum. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated September 19, 2012. Accessed August 19, 2014.


Meckel diverticulum. PEMSoft at EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Accessed August 19, 2014.


Lin S, Suhocki PV, Ludwig KA, et al. Gastrointestinal bleeding in adult patients with Meckel’s diverticulum: The role of technetium 99m pertechnetate scan. South Med J. 2002;95:1338-1341.


Martin JP, Connor PD, Charles K. Meckel’s diverticulum. Am Fam Physician. 2000; 16:1037-1042..


Meckel diverticulum. The Merck Manual Professional Edition website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal%5Fdisorders/diverticular%5Fdisease/meckel%5Fdiverticulum.html. Updated June 2013. Accessed August 19, 2014.

 

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