Torsion and gangrene of a Meckel's diverticulum

Irene S Caillou√ęt, Bernard M Jaffe
Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society 2009, 161 (1): 19-22; quiz 23, 54
A 19-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with intermittent and progressively worsening abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. A computed tomographic scan revealed findings consistent with distal small bowel obstruction of unknown etiology. In the operating room, a torsed and gangrenous Meckel's diverticulum with extension of ischemia to adjacent small bowel was discovered and immediately resected. Pathology confirmed the diagnosis of gangrenous Meckel's diverticulum. Torsion and gangrene of a Meckel's diverticulum is a rare complication and often presents with vague and poorly localized signs and symptoms. The preoperative diagnosis is often difficult and presumed to be appendicitis or small bowel obstruction of unclear etiology. Complications of Meckel's diverticulum should be considered in patients with lower abdominal pain and acute abdomen.

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