- Most common congenital abnormality of the small bowel.
- Majority of patients remain asymptomatic for their entire life.
- Majority of symptomatic patients present before the age of 2 years.
- GI bleeding is a common presenting symptom in children and adults. The most useful diagnostic tool in cases with bleeding is the technetium-99m pertechnetate scan (Meckel's scan).
- Obstructive symptoms are another common presenting symptom and may be caused by several mechanisms, including intussusception.
- Meckel's diverticulitis occurs in 20% of patients who become symptomatic and is clinically indistinguishable from appendicitis.
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Last updated: Apr 22, 2013