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Meckel's Diverticulum

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by Safer DA


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


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