Meckel’s diverticulitis causing small bowel obstruction by a novel mechanism

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Vishalkumar G. Shelat *
Kaiwen Kelvin Li
Anil Rao
Tay Sze Guan
(*) Corresponding Author:
Vishalkumar G. Shelat |


Meckel’s diverticulum occurs in 2% of the general population and majority of patients remain asymptomatic. Gastrointestinal bleeding is the most common presentation in the paediatric population. While asymptomatic and incidentally found Meckel’s diverticulum may be left alone, surgery is essential for treating a symptomatic patient. Despite advances in imaging and technology, pre-operative diagnosis is often difficult. We present a first report of an unusual mechanism of small bowel obstruction due to Meckel’s diverticulitis in a paediatric patient. The diagnosis was only apparent at laparotomy.

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Vishalkumar G. Shelat, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Registrar in General surgery

Tan Tock Seng Hospital