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


Common risk factors in the development of Meckel's diverticulum include histologic and anatomic features such as length of diverticulum >2cm, presence of ectopic tissue, broad based diverticulum, and attachment of fibrous bands to the diverticulum. Patient age of less than 50 years and the male gender are more susceptible to the development of Meckel's diverticulum.

Common Risk Factors

  • Common risk factors in the development of Meckel's diverticulum include:[1][2][3][4]
    • Age <50 years
    • Male sex
  • Some histologic and anatomic features present in predisposed individuals include:

Less Common Risk Factors


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  2. Lohsiriwat V, Sirivech T, Laohapensang M, Pongpaibul A (2014). "Comparative study on the characteristics of Meckel's diverticulum removal from asymptomatic and symptomatic patients: 18-year experience from Thailand's largest university hospital". J Med Assoc Thai. 97 (5): 506–12. PMID 25065089.
  3. Robijn J, Sebrechts E, Miserez M (2006). "Management of incidentally found Meckel's diverticulum a new approach: resection based on a Risk Score". Acta Chir. Belg. 106 (4): 467–70. PMID 17017710.
  4. Varcoe RL, Wong SW, Taylor CF, Newstead GL (2004). "Diverticulectomy is inadequate treatment for short Meckel's diverticulum with heterotopic mucosa". ANZ J Surg. 74 (10): 869–72. doi:10.1111/j.1445-1433.2004.03191.x. PMID 15456435.
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