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Meckelīs Diverticulum (in a CT-Scan)


Meckelīs diverticulum seen in a CT scan
Meckel, Johann Friedrich Jr (1781 - 1833) German anatomist, who was the first to describe Meckelīs diverticulum, an ileal diverticulum. He also described a syndrome of multiple malformations, named Meckelīs syndrome.

Meckelīs diverticulum An ileal diverticulum arising from the antimesenteric border of the ileum, usually located 40 - 130 cm from the ileocaecal junction and occuring in about 2% of the population. About 2% of those having this diverticulum develop complications (mainly bleeding), othervise the diverticulum does not cause symptoms. The diverticulum can be detected by radionuclide scanning, CT enterography and capsule endoscopy. Surgical treatment is needed in severe bleedings.

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Nov 13, 2011