The Many Faces of Meckel ’s Diverticulum: Update on Management in Incidental and Symptomatic Patients

AbstractPurpose of ReviewMeckel ’s diverticulum may be detected incidentally or present with symptoms from infancy and to old age. The presentation may be acute, with several complications associated with the condition. We aim to review the many faces with which a Meckel’s diverticulum may present, either symptomatically or as an incidental finding.Recent FindingsDue to its rarity, recent studies mainly include small retrospective series or case reports. Emphasis in the recent literature is on clinical presentation, the pathology of symptomatic cases, management options and risks of neoplasia. Symptoms are mainly caused by obstruction, bleeding or diverticulitis. Cross-sectional imaging is unspecific, although capsule endoscopy is reported of use in case series. Meckel ’s diverticulum presents with clinical features that are age-specific. Complicated Meckel’s diverticulum is treated by resection. Optimal treatment of incidental cases remains debated.SummaryMeckel ’s diverticulum usually stays asymptomatic, and decision-making for management should be based on patient-specific factors. Use of minimal invasive techniques mandates refinement of the optimal treatment.
Source: Current Gastroenterology Reports - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research

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Source: Current Gastroenterology Reports - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: Der Chirurg - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Chirurg Source Type: research
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Source: Digestion - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Colorectal Disease - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: Minerva Chirurgica - Category: Surgery Tags: Minerva Chir Source Type: research
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Source: Digestive Endoscopy - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: Digestive Endoscopy - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: DEN Video Article Source Type: research
ConclusionWe consider this approach to be safe and useful for segmental colectomy to be performed sectioning the sigmoid artery close to the colonic wall.
Source: Surgical Endoscopy - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusion The colonoscopy showed to be an effective diagnostic method in the case of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding and a good therapeutic tool in the case of diverticular disease and angiodysplasia.
Source: Journal of Coloproctology - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Colorectal Disease - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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