Meckel's diverticulum: new solutions for an old problem?

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Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Birmingham
  • University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Abstract

Meckel's diverticulum (MD) is the most commonly encountered true diverticulum in the small bowel. Although overall a rare cause of gastrointestinal bleeding, it remains an important differential in a child/young adult presenting with lower gastrointestinal bleeding. We present two MD cases, one associated with brisk bleeding resulting in haemodynamic instability and the other in insidious blood loss causing symptoms of chronic iron deficiency. These cases illustrate the heterogeneous nature of the clinical picture associated with Meckel's diverticulae, a condition most gastroenterological and surgical units will encounter. We subsequently discuss the diagnostic and management dilemma Meckel's diverticulae pose and appraise the latest evidence and management strategies in this regard.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalFrontline Gastroenterology
Volume7
Issue number2
Early online date21 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016