Meckel's Diverticulum | Overview


What is Meckel's Diverticulum?

Meckel's diverticulum (say: "die-ver-tic-yu-lum") is a small pouch on the wall of the lower part of the small intestine (bowel) and is usually present at birth. A normal intestine doesn’t have this pouch. It occurs in about 2% of the population.


Meckel's Diverticulum by JP Martin, M.D., PD Connor, PH.D., and K Charles, J.D. (American Family Physician February 15, 2000,

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 02/00