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


Patients with Meckel's diverticulum usually appear normal on physical examination. Abdominal examination of patients with Meckel's diverticulum is usually normal, even in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding. Patient develop signs of acute abdomen due to diverticular inflammation or perforation in complicated cases. These signs include Abdominal distention, abdominal tenderness, rebound tenderness and guarding.

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