Meckel'S Diverticulum is a condition in which a sac or a pouch develops at a weak point in the intestines called diverticulum. Various types of diverticulum can develop as you age, in some cases people are born with a diverticulum in their intestines. Symptoms are related to the type of diverticulum that is present. Symptoms are:
• Blockage of intestine
• Bleeding into the intestines
• Inflammation in the intestines
• Pain or discomfort that ranges from mild to severe
• Nausea and vomiting
HOW IS MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM DIAGNOSED?
A general physician would advise a blood test to check the red blood cell count. Stool test would also be advised to check for blood in the stool. A technetium scan might also be performed to further confirm the diagnosis.
HOW IS MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM TREATED?
People who have Meckel’s Diverticulum with no symptoms will not need treatment. In others, a surgical removal of the diverticulum is considered. Iron therapy or blood transfusion may be needed in people who experience severe blood loss due to the intestinal bleeding.