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Also known as: Meckel diverticulum scan, Meckel’s diverticulum imaging, Meckel’s scan.
Meckel’s diverticulum is an abnormality in the small intestines present since birth. It is caused by abnormally located stomach tissue and can lead to ulcers and bleeding later in life. A Meckel’s diverticulum scan is a test used to look for the presence of the abnormal tissue.
The patient may need to avoid food, drink or certain medications for a period of time before the test. The patient may also have to take a medication prior to the test that aids in identifying the abnormality.
There is a slight risk of a reaction to the radioactive material given to the patient, but this risk is very minor.
Reviewed by: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD
This page was last updated on: April 22, 2021 03:57 PM
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is dedicated to the treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems in infants, children and adolescents with a multidisciplinary approach.
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.