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


Meckel's diverticulum appears as a tubular, round, blind-ended and inflamed structure in the right lower quadrant or periumbilical region. Mural thickening and contrast material enhancement may be seen in the wall of the diverticulum. It also helps rule out appendicitis in patients, which has a similar presentation.


Features of CT in patients with Meckel's diverticulum are as follows:[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ENGE I, FRIMANN-DAHL J (1964). "RADIOLOGY IN ACUTE ABDOMINAL DISORDERS DUE TO MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM". Br J Radiol. 37: 775–80. doi:10.1259/0007-1285-37-442-775. PMID 14217735.
  2. Rossi P, Gourtsoyiannis N, Bezzi M, Raptopoulos V, Massa R, Capanna G, Pedicini V, Coe M (1996). "Meckel's diverticulum: imaging diagnosis". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 166 (3): 567–73. doi:10.2214/ajr.166.3.8623629. PMID 8623629.
  3. Elsayes KM, Menias CO, Harvin HJ, Francis IR (2007). "Imaging manifestations of Meckel's diverticulum". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 189 (1): 81–8. doi:10.2214/AJR.06.1257. PMID 17579156.
  4. Thurley PD, Halliday KE, Somers JM, Al-Daraji WI, Ilyas M, Broderick NJ (2009). "Radiological features of Meckel's diverticulum and its complications". Clin Radiol. 64 (2): 109–18. doi:10.1016/j.crad.2008.07.012. PMID 19103339.
  5. Bennett GL, Birnbaum BA, Balthazar EJ (2004). "CT of Meckel's diverticulitis in 11 patients". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 182 (3): 625–9. doi:10.2214/ajr.182.3.1820625. PMID 14975960.
  6. Kawamoto S, Raman SP, Blackford A, Hruban RH, Fishman EK (2015). "CT Detection of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Meckel Diverticulum". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 205 (2): 281–91. doi:10.2214/AJR.14.13898. PMID 26204277.
  7. Ueberrueck T, Meyer L, Koch A, Hinkel M, Kube R, Gastinger I (2005). "The significance of Meckel's diverticulum in appendicitis--a retrospective analysis of 233 cases". World J Surg. 29 (4): 455–8. doi:10.1007/s00268-004-7615-x. PMID 15776296.
  8. Won Y, Lee HW, Ku YM, Lee SL, Seo KJ, Lee JI, Chung JH (2016). "Multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) features of small bowel obstruction (SBO) caused by Meckel's diverticulum". Diagn Interv Imaging. 97 (2): 227–32. doi:10.1016/j.diii.2015.09.006. PMID 26493762.

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