D. Increased bleeding
This structure is Meckel’s Diverticulum.
More than 50% of complications occur before age 10
- History-Initial report by Hildanus in 1598, Detailed description by Johann Meckel in 1809
- Pathophysiology: Meckel’s Diverticulum
Meckel’s diverticulum is a normal anatomic variant found in 2% of the population. It is a remnant of the vitelline duct, which is usually located on the antimesenteric border of the ileum, within about 60 cm of the terminal ileum.
As a congenital variant, Meckel’s diverticula are often found in children and less commonly present in the adult population.
As stated earlier, a person with Meckel’s diverticulumhas a 4 to 6 percent lifetime risk of developing a complication.
The major complications are hemorrhage, obstruction, intussusception, diverticulitis and perforation.
Bleeding is the most common complication occurring in children, and it typically