Imaging manifestations of Meckel's diverticulum

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Jul;189(1):81-8. doi: 10.2214/AJR.06.1257.


Objective: Meckel's diverticulum is the most common congenital anomaly of the gastrointestinal tract, found in 2% of the population in autopsy studies. Most patients remain asymptomatic during their lifetime. Complications of Meckel's diverticulum are reported to occur in approximately 4-40% of patients and include inflammation (diverticulitis), hemorrhage, intussusception, small-bowel obstruction, stone formation, and neoplasm. The purpose of this article is to familiarize the radiologist with the current imaging of Meckel's diverticulum and its presenting complications. The spectrum of diagnostic findings on various imaging techniques will be reviewed.

Conclusion: Meckel's diverticulum and its complications are a serious health problem. Familiarity of the radiologist with the appearance of this pathologic entity enables an accurate diagnosis in emergent settings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ileum / abnormalities*
  • Ileum / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Meckel Diverticulum / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*