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Meckel's diverticulum

Meckel's diverticulum: Introduction

Meckel's diverticulum: A Meckel's diverticulum is a pouch on the wall of the lower part of the small bowel that is present at birth (congenital). The diverticulum may contain tissue from the stomach or pancreas. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Meckel's diverticulum is available below.

Symptoms of Meckel's diverticulum

  • Abdominal discomfort or pain ranging from mild to severe
  • Passing of blood in the stool
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Treatments for Meckel's diverticulum

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Meckel's diverticulum?

Meckel's diverticulum: Complications

Review possible medical complications related to Meckel's diverticulum:

  • Excess bleeding (hemorrhage)
  • Folding of the intestines (intussusception), a type of blockage
  • Peritonitis
  • Tear (perforation) of the bowel at the diverticulum
  • more complications...»

Causes of Meckel's diverticulum

  • A Meckel's diverticulum is tissue left over from structures in the unborn baby's digestive tract that were not fully reabsorbed before birth. Approximately 2% of the population has a Meckel's diverticulum, but only a few people develop symptoms
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Meckel's diverticulum: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Meckel's diverticulum

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, ...read more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive...read more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can...read more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an ...read more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be...read more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a...read more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable...read more »

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Meckel's diverticulum: Rare Types

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Prognosis for Meckel's diverticulum

Prognosis for Meckel's diverticulum: Full recovery can be expected with surgery.

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