Meckel's Diverticulum

Also known as: Meckel diverticulum, congenital diverticulum.

What is Meckel's diverticulum?

Meckel's diverticulum is a defect that is present at birth. It’s characterized by a pouch that is a leftover of the umbilical cord that has tissue like the stomach or pancreas within.
 

What causes Meckel's diverticulum?

Meckel's diverticulum forms as a result of a part of their digestive system from their mother's womb. This tissue goes away before birth in most people, but a few people still have it.
 

What are the symptoms of Meckel's diverticulum?

The pouch present with Meckel's diverticulum can secrete stomach acids, which can cause abdominal pain and cramping, gastrointestinal bleeding, bowel obstruction and intestinal swelling.
 

What are Meckel's diverticulum care options?

If Meckel's diverticulum is not causing any problems, it usually can just be monitored. If it causes symptoms, the pouch can be removed surgically.

Reviewed by: Shifra A Koyfman, MD

This page was last updated on: 5/29/2018 8:31:41 PM

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