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What is Meckel’s Diverticulum?

By on June 8, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

 

What is Meckel’s diverticulum?

Meckel’s diverticulum is a pouch in the bottom wall of the small intestine (bowel) and, typically, is present at the time of birth. A normal bowel does not have this bag. It occurs in about 2% of the population.

What are the problems that could cause Meckel’s diverticulum?

Most people with Meckel’s diverticulum have no symptoms or problems. Only about 1 in 25 people born with this condition have problems. These problems vary by age. In infants and children, the problem usually is bleeding from the rectum. Sometimes, blood can be seen in the feces.

In adults, it may obstruct the bowel. If this happens, the person may have stomach pain and vomiting. Other symptoms include fever, constipation and bloating.

Should I be tested for this problem?

No need to run a test to detect Meckel’s diverticulum, unless you develop uncomfortable symptoms. When Meckel’s diverticulum causing problems usually can be detected by a test called a Meckel scan. For this test, your doctor will inject a liquid in the body that can only be seen with a special camera. The substance will accumulate around any diverticulum present, allowing your doctor make a diagnosis.

How is Meckel’s diverticulum treated?

People who have Meckel’s diverticulum, but have no problem not need treatment. Treatment for symptoms includes people who have surgery to remove the diverticulum and repair the intestine.

 

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