Meckel'S Diverticulum is a kind of a big bulge that happens in the smaller intestine and is there right from birth. It is a very common kind of gastrointestinal tract. The problem here is that patients suffering from the same are asymptomatic and hence experience no symptoms at all. There could be the occurrence of some symptoms like ulcers but nothing much beyond that is visible.
HOW IS MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM DIAGNOSED?
Blood tests will help a general physician to diagnose the condition. A stool smear and technetium scan will be needed for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM TREATED?
People who have Meckel’s diverticulum but do not have any symptoms will not require treatment. Those who experience symptoms due to the condition may need to have surgery to have the diverticulum removed. Surgery typically includes removal of the diverticulum and repair of the intestines. This can be done either through open abdominal surgery or laparoscopically (a narrow tube with a camera is inserted through a small incision, and the Meckel's diverticulum is repaired through another small incision).
DID YOU KNOW?
Often the problem is diagnosed when treating other symptoms and in such cases treatment should not be delayed because this could mean additional health issues for the patient.