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What are the tests for meckel's diverticulum?

What are the tests for meckel's diverticulum?

Meckel scan/surgery: Meckel's diverticulum, a common GI tract congenital anomaly, is difficult to diagnose. Many remain asymptomatic, some mimic disorders like appendicitis, ulcer disease and crohns. Ectopic gastric and/or pancreatic tissue, is found in about half the cases. Meckel's are found incidentally at surgery. A technitium scan, or meckel's scan, can pick up the ectopic tissue, with surgery recommended. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get meckel's diverticulum?

How common is it for somebody to get meckel's diverticulum?

Rare: The rule for meckel's is that 2% of the population is born with it. It occurs in the last 2 feet of small bowel. 50% of patients with symptoms will occur in the first two years of life. 50% of meckel's have gastric(stomach) tissue which makes acid and causes bleeding secondary to ulcers. This bleeding is painless. ...Read more

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Will meckel's diverticulum kill me?

Will meckel's diverticulum kill me?

Depends: A meckels occurs in only two percent of the population. If it becomes symptomatic and is ignored then one can be faced with several issues, bleeding, perforation, peritonitis and possibly death. Most people do not ignore these symptoms. ...Read more

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Do people with meckel's diverticulum have a lot of pain?

Do people with meckel's diverticulum have a lot of pain?

Sometimes: Meckel's diverticulum can present with unexplained abdominal pain due to swelling in the diverticulum. Alternatively, it could present with painless rectal bleeding because the diverticulum sometimes produces acid that erodes the intestinal tissue next to it. If you are known to have a meckel's, the recommendation is to have it surgically removed. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for meckel's diverticulum?

No pills: do surgery: This defect can lead the intestines to twist on themself & cut of their flow & blood supply, die & leak causing blood poisoning & death. It can also begin bleeding & that blood loss be deadlly. The best surgical out come comes from elective removal in a stable patient with decreasing success as an unstable emergency. It can be confirmed & reoved thru a laparoscope (tube) with minimal complications. ...Read more

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How common is it for a toddler to have both a urachal cyst & meckel's diverticulum?

How common is it for a toddler to have both a urachal cyst & meckel's diverticulum?

Not very common.: Urachal cysts are quite rare; meckel's diverticulum occurs in 0.2-4% (but only 5% of people with it have problems from it). So to have both is uncommon! ...Read more

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Could I have meckel's diverticulum if I have abdominal pain?

Yes but is rare.: Yes, but that is a very rare condition, and much less than 1% of the cases of abdominal pain are due to a meckel's. ...Read more