Meckel's diverticulum is a common defect of the gastrointestinal tract. The malformation is present in the form of a slight bulge in the small intestine. The condition is congenital and present in less than 2% of the general population at the time of birth. The bulge is the vestigial remains of the yolk stalk of the ovum. The malformation can lead to hemorrhage and intestinal obstructions in children, and surgery is the preferred form of treatment.
HOW IS MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM DIAGNOSED?
Meckel's Diverticulum is named after Johann Friedrich Meckel.