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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sudarshana Datta, MD [2]

Overview

Post operative complications of Meckel's diverticula include ileus, intra-abdominal abscess formation, pulmonary embolism, anastomotic leakage and intestinal obstruction due to postoperative adhesions. Treatment of complications such as intra-abdominal abscess and intestinal obstruction due to stenosis or adhesions is mainly surgical. The management of ileus is mainly supportive and the patient is kept NPO with nasogastric suction and parenteral feeds. Electrolyte levels need to be monitored and pharmacotherapy such as lactulose may also be administered to patients.

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References

  1. Marwah S, Singla P, Marwah N, Gupta S, Singh VP (2016). "Ileal stricture following Meckel's diverticulitis: a rare cause of intestinal obstruction". Clin J Gastroenterol. 9 (3): 118–23. doi:10.1007/s12328-016-0647-6. PMID 27146826.
  2. Akbulut S, Yagmur Y (2014). "Giant Meckel's diverticulum: An exceptional cause of intestinal obstruction". World J Gastrointest Surg. 6 (3): 47–50. doi:10.4240/wjgs.v6.i3.47. PMC 3964415. PMID 24672650.



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