Bleeding Meckel's diverticulum diagnosis: an unusual indication for computed tomography

Abdom Imaging. 2003 Sep-Oct;28(5):631-3. doi: 10.1007/s00261-003-0049-3.


Despite the wide use of modern investigation techniques, the diagnosis of complications related to Meckel's diverticulum (MD) remains difficult. Arteriography is commonly indicated for acute bleeding, and radionuclide scans may help in identifying the site of intestinal hemorrhage. In contrast, computed tomography (CT) is usually considered little use in the diagnosis of bleeding MD. We present the case of a young patient with massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage, in whom the diagnosis of MD bleeding was preoperatively made with contrast-enhanced CT after two negatives arteriographies.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meckel Diverticulum / complications*
  • Meckel Diverticulum / diagnostic imaging*
  • Meckel Diverticulum / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*


  • Contrast Media