A case report of a ruptured Meckel's diverticulum with ectopic gastric and pancreatic tissue with negative computed tomography.

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International journal of surgery case reports


INTRODUCTION: A Meckel's diverticulum is a rare but known cause of an acute abdomen and can often be confused for acute appendicitis on physical examination. It is caused by an incomplete closure of the omphalomesenteric duct. It is present in 2% of the population and only 2% of those patients are symptomatic.

CASE PRESENTATION: This is the case of a sixty-four-year-old male presented to the surgical clinic at request of his primary care physician with concern for acute appendicitis. The patient had a CT A/P with IV contrast performed two days prior to his office visit for the same pain which was non-diagnostic. The patient was taken to the operating room and found to have Meckel's Diverticulitis which was managed by laparoscopic hand-assisted small bowel resection and anastomosis. The patient had an uncomplicated postoperative course. Pathology demonstrated ulcerated gastric mucosa and pancreatic tissue.

DISCUSSION: Symptomatic Meckel's diverticulum is managed with small bowel resection versus diverticulectomy based on characteristics of the diverticulum. The most common type of ectopic tissue is gastric followed by pancreatic. It is rare to find both types of tissue together.

CONCLUSION: This case describes an unusual case of a rare acute surgical pathology with non-diagnostic imaging and labs. This case also describes an exceedingly rare histopathology of a Meckel's Diverticulum with the presence of both ectopic gastric and pancreatic tissues.



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