Meckel's diverticulum diagnostic study of choice

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Technetium-99m pertechnetate radioisotope scanning or the Meckel scan is considered as the diagnostic study of choice in patients with a bleeding Meckel's diverticulum. This scan helps in the detection of the ectopic gastric mucosa within the diverticulum that leads to ulceration of the adjacent intestinal mucosa, leading to symptoms of bleeding in patients.

Diagnostic Study of Choice

Technetium-99m pertechnetate radioisotope scanning

Radionuclide scan or Technetium-99m scan in patients with Meckel's diverticulum
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