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Vincent Lee
Vincent Lee11 months ago
Gangrenous and perforated Meckel's diverticulum!

Gangrenous and perforated Meckel's diverticulum!

Meckel’s diverticulum (MD) is considered the most prevalent congenital anomaly of the gastrointestinal tract, affecting 2% of the general population. MD results from the persistence of a portion of the omphalomesenteric duct, which connects the primitive gut to the yolk sac in early fetal life. Lack of elimination results in either an MD with or without a fibrous connection to the umbilicus or a fistula from the small bowel to the umbilicus. Only 4% of patients with an MD develop complications that include bleeding, perforation, inflammation, or obstruction. Obstruction related to an MD is most commonly reported secondary to intussusception or a volvulus around an attachment to the abdominal wall. Delay in the diagnosis of a complicated MD can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Surgical treatment options include simple diverticulectomy or ileal resection.

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