Meckel's diverticulum-Revisited

Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jan-Mar;16(1):3-7. doi: 10.4103/1319-3767.58760.


Meckel's diverticulum is a true intestinal diverticulum that results from the failure of the vitelline duct to obliterate during the fifth week of fetal development. In about 50% cases, it contains ectopic or heterotopic tissue which can be the cause of complications. A systematic review of literature was undertaken to study the history, incidence, embryoanatomy, clinical presentation, complication and management of Meckel's diverticulum. Although Meckel's diverticulum is the most common congenital abnormality of the gastrointestinal tract, it is often difficult to diagnose. It may remain asymptomatic or it may mimic disorders such as Crohn's disease, appendicitis and peptic ulcer disease.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Meckel Diverticulum* / diagnosis
  • Meckel Diverticulum* / epidemiology