Perforation of a Meckel’s diverticulum by a foreign body with diverticulitis

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Luke Luoke Wang Yahya Al-Habbal Akhtar Sayed Hassen


Meckel’s diverticulum (MD) is the most common congenital malformation of the gastrointestinal tract. Complications due to MD are uncommon in adults; these include obstruction due to the intussusception or adhesive band, ulceration, diverticulitis, perforation, haemorrhage, neoplasm and fistula. Perforation of MD by foreign bodies is rare. We report a case of a 20 year-old male with right iliac fossa pain found to have MD perforation by a toothpick with secondary diverticulitis. This is the second case of its nature in the English literature.

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WANG, Luke Luoke; AL-HABBAL, Yahya; HASSEN, Akhtar Sayed. Perforation of a Meckel’s diverticulum by a foreign body with diverticulitis. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 5, sep. 2016. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2023.
Meckel Diverticulum; Foreign Bodies; Diverticulitis; Laparotomy
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