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Diagnostic studies such as colonoscopy, double-balloon enteroscopy, laparoscopy, and exploratory laparotomy may help in the detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic Meckel's diverticula. Screenings for bleeding disorders may be performed to rule out other sources of bleeding.

Other Diagnostic Studies


  • Colonoscopy may be helpful in ruling out other sources of bleeding but is not used as an diagnostic tool.

Double-balloon enteroscopy

Wireless capsule endoscopy

Laparoscopy and laparotomy

  • Means by which an incidental Meckel's diverticulum is most commonly detected.
  • May be a necessary modality to determine the source of bleeding if the results on diagnostic testing are equivocal or in case of hemodynamically unstable patients.

Screenings for bleeding disorders


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