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Recognizing and treating Meckel diverticulum

Alexander, Allison; Farish-Williford, Hannah; Hashmi, Masud MD, FACS

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: September 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 9 - p 1–2
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000470434.61576.89
Case Report
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ABSTRACT Meckel diverticulum is an uncommon congenital abnormality of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that usually remains asymptomatic throughout a patient's lifetime. However, these diverticula can cause complications such as GI bleeding and small bowel obstruction; complications occur mostly in children and are rare in adults. This article reviews the presentation, complications, and treatment options for symptomatic and incidentally found Meckel diverticula.

Allison Alexander and Hannah Farish-Williford are PA students at Elon University in Elon, N.C. Masud Hashmi is a general surgeon at Alliance Medical Associates in Burlington, N.C. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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