Meckel's Diverticulum | Symptoms


What problems might Meckel's diverticulum cause?

Most people who have a Meckel's diverticulum have no symptoms or problems. Only about 1 in 25 persons who are born with it will have problems. These problems vary by age. In infants and children, the problem is usually bleeding from the rectum. Sometimes blood can be seen in the stool.

In adults, the intestine may become blocked. If this happens, the person may have stomach pain and vomiting. Other symptoms include fever, constipation and swelling of the stomach.


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