Scientific article

Computed tomography of complicated Meckel's diverticulum in adults: a pictorial review

Published inInsights into imaging, vol. 1, no. 2, p. 53-61
Publication date2010

OBJECTIVE: To show various CT aspects of complicated Meckel's diverticulum in adult patients to facilitate the preoperative diagnosis of this rare pathology in emergency settings. METHODS: A computer search of medical records over a 15 year period identified 23 adult patients who underwent surgery for acute abdomen generated by a complicated Meckel's diverticulum. CT images available for review were analyzed, and some specific patterns leading to the diagnosis of complicated Meckel's diverticulum are presented in this review. RESULTS: Complications were related to inflammation (14 patients), bleeding (5 patients), intestinal obstruction (3 patients), and penetrating foreign body (1 patient). The presence of a Meckel's diverticulum was usually suggested at CT scan by an abnormal outpouching, blind-ending digestive structure connected to the terminal ileum by a neck of variable caliber. Depending on the type of complications, the diverticulum was surrounded by mesenteric inflammatory changes, or presented as a localized fluid or air-fluid collection contiguous with the terminal ileum. The diverticulum was also the source of active bleeding or acted as the lead point to intestinal obstruction or intussusception. CONCLUSION: CT findings of complicated Meckel's diverticulum are polymorphic and should be considered in the evaluation of adult patients with acute abdomen.

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PLATON, Alexandra et al. Computed tomography of complicated Meckel’s diverticulum in adults: a pictorial review. In: Insights into imaging, 2010, vol. 1, n° 2, p. 53–61. doi: 10.1007/s13244-010-0017-8
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